Micca Watts-Gordon, 36 (pictured), began a sexually abusive relationship with a 13-year-old student shortly after being hired as an art teacher at W.E.B. DuBois Academy, in Louisville, Kentucky, in August 2019
A married Kentucky teacher has been arrested and is facing 15 criminal charges related to sex crimes involving a 13-year-old student.
Micca Watts-Gordon, 36, worked at W.E.B. DuBois Academy, an all-boys middle school in Louisville, where she allegedly struck up the relationship with the boy.
She was reassigned in November 2019 to non-instructional duties in the Jefferson County Public Schools district after the allegations came to light.
On Tuesday, after a nearly year-long investigation by the Louisville Metro Police, Watts-Gordon was indicted on nine felonies and six misdemeanors.
These include sending nude photos to a 13-year-old boy, masturbating in front of him and having sex with him, according to WDRB.
If convicted of the Class B felonies, she could be facing up to 20 years in prison.
Watts-Gordon was hired as an art teacher at W.E.B. DuBois Academy and began teaching in August 2019.
According to court documents obtained by the Louisville Courier Journal, she began a sexually abusive relationship with a 13-year-old student.
The records allege that over a four month period - from August 25, 2019, to November 19, 2019 - she masturbated near the teenager or while messaging or calling him.
Watts-Gordon also allegedly sent him nude photos and gave him an iPad so he could send explicit photos of himself to her.
Watts-Gordon allegedly masturbated in front of the student, sent him nude photos and had sex with the boy. Pictured: Watts-Gordon with her husband, Justin (right), and dog named Zoey
It is unclear how the relationship was discovered, but she was reassigned in November 2019 as Louisville police conducted an investigation. Pictured: W.E.B. DuBois Academy
She 'sexually abused the victim on multiple occasions at after-school events,' the court documents state.
It is unclear how the relationship was discovered but when it was, Watts-Gordon also allegedly tampered with the evidence.
'Once this inappropriate conduct was exposed, the Defendant destroyed evidence by erasing her social media accounts and erasing her phone,' the records read, according to the Courier Journal.
'She also instructed the victim and other students to erase their social media accounts as well so that there wouldn't be evidence of her criminal behavior.'
After she was was reassigned and told to cut off contact, Watts-Gordon kept in touch with the victim via social media and through a third party.
Charges against her include:
According to JCPS Superintendent, Marty Pollio, Watts-Gordon remains on reassignment has no contact with students.
On Tuesday, she was indicted on 15 charges including six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of using a minor in a sex performance, punishable of up to 20 years in prison. Pictured: Watts-Gordon with her husband and brother
She will remain employed as she faces her charges.
'That will continue until the conclusion of the investigation and then we will take action as needed,' Pollio said during a news conference on Wednesday.
Watts-Gordon's attorney, Steve Romines, told the Courier Journal that she turned herself in upon learning of the charges.
He said she will plead not guilty to the charges during her arraignment on Monday, November 2.
'We will be entering a plea of not guilty and look forward to bringing the case to trial,' Romines said in a statement.
Watts-Gordon was being held on a $10,000 bond, but has since been released, according to Louisville Metro Corrections via WDRB.
According to her website, she is married to her college sweetheart, named Justin, and they have a dog together named Zoey.