Kathleen Capitano, 24, of Shallotte was arrested April 16 after driving from North Carolina to Herndon, Va., to “engage in sex acts” with the boy.
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA. — A former Brunswick County middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to charges she drove to a Virginia motel in April with the intention of meeting a 13-year-old boy for sex.
Kathleen Capitano, 24, of Shallotte was arrested April 16 after driving from North Carolina to Herndon, Va., to “engage in sex acts” with the boy, according to the Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department.
Capitano met the child the previous year when she worked as an unpaid intern at a Herndon school. She and the then-12-year-old had a physical relationship at that time, according a news release from the Fairfax County Police Department. After moving to North Carolina, Capitano continued communicating with the child via computer. On at least four occasions, she exposed her genitals to him online, warrants in the case allege.
She was arrested when she arrived at the hotel room she’d rented for a rendezvous with the boy.
At the time of her arrest, Capitano was a math teacher at Shallotte Middle School. She was initially placed on unpaid leave, but has since been terminated, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Wednesday.
Capitano, who has been in the Fairfax County jail since her arrest, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to one count of felony use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children and three counts of felony taking indecent liberties with children, according to Fairfax County Circuit Court records.
Under Virginia law, each count carries a fine of up to $2,500 and up to 10 years in prison. The communication charge carries an increased penalty when the defendant is more than seven years older than the victim.