A fourth grade teacher and assistant basketball coach from Aitkin, Minn. has been placed on administrative leave after being leveled with four counts of criminal sexual conduct for five or six fondling sessions of a student at a cemetery.
The student was female and 17 years old.
Kristy Hoge, 24, is now on leave from Rippleside Elementary School after developing an illicit bond with a female high school student. Another coach contacted the teen’s mother with concerns about the relationship.
According to KARE, the teen and her parents spoke with investigators on May 3. The teen said Hoge helped her with her basketball shot and that this sparked the relationship.
She also said there were five or six occasions of sexual fondling at a nearby cemetery.
After police contacted Hoge, she attempted to commit suicide by rolling over her vehicle. When that didn’t work she slit her own throat with a filet knife.
Hoge was taken to the Riverwood Healthcare Center and held for 72 hours in a mental health ward. Her condition is not known.
In 2013, Hoge was given the award “most inspirational” for her role on the University of Minnesota, Morris softball team.
She is pictured on the left.