Former Prue teacher charged with having sex with student, supplying beer arrested

PAWNEE COUNTY, Okla. - A former teacher charged with having sex with a student and providing alcohol to him and several others is in jail.

Katie Hightower, 26, was arrested Wednesday by Pawnee County sheriff's deputies and booked into the county jail.

According to court documents, Hightower, a former teacher at Prue High School in Osage County, went to a lake with four students Aug. 17.  There, she allegedly referred to one of the boys as "babe" and laid her head in his lap.

Investigators say the students told officers Hightower went to Walmart in Cleveland the next morning where she bought them beer.  They then went to her home in rural Terlton, in Pawnee County, to drink it.

According to court documents, the students said Hightower and boy disappeared into her room and minutes later the students heard her and the teen having sex.

Phone records show Hightower sent the same boy 561 text messages during the month of August.

Court documents also show students claimed Hightower showed them pictures of a naked man on her phone.

Prosecutors filed charges against the former teacher, who resigned from her position Sept. 20 after five years, including second-degree rape and furnishing alcohol to a person under 21.

A warrant was issued for Hightower Tuesday morning.  She was taken into custody Wednesday.  The details of her arrest were not immediately available.

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