Former guidance counselor facing additional charge for lewd and lascivious conduct

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 9, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A former Tallahassee elementary school guidance counselor arrested in August for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor is now facing an additional charge.

According to TPD, 28-year-old Kathgret Rentz has been arrested on an additional charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor after investigators uncovered new evidence in the case.

Prior to her arrest, Rentz had been a guidance counselor at Chaires Elementary School in Tallahassee.

TPD says investigators developed new leads in the case, interviewed additional witnesses and obtained search warrants for Rentz's residence.

According to the probable cause affidavit, investigators found evidence of a relationship between Rentz and the minor on the defendant's cell phone, including hundreds of text messages over a span of two months, and several photos of the two kissing.

On November 4, an arrest warrant was signed and Rentz was located in Tallahassee and taken into custody.

Bond was set at $25,000, court documents show.

Rentz bonded out on November 5 and was ordered not to have any contact with the victim or other minors.

TPD's Special Victims Unit is continuing to investigate the case. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to call TPD at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.

To read the redacted arrest affidavit, click here.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 4, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A local guidance counselor has been arrested after police received a complaint about inappropriate conduct between an adult female and a child.

According to Tallahassee Police, officers the complaint on August 3rd, after a witness reported inappropriate behavior between the victim and the woman at a swimming pool.

The arrest report states that a witness claims they saw the two "caressing, kissing and fondling each other in inappropriate places."

28-year-old Kathgret Rentz, a Chaires Elementary School guidance counselor, was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor.

Rentz was booked into the Leon County Jail.

The Leon County Schools was notified of the arrest and released the following statement:

"Leon County Schools was notified by the Tallahassee Police Department that Kathgret Rentz, Chaires Elementary School Guidance Counselor, was arrested for an off-campus incident involving inappropriate contact with a child. LCS has suspended her employment immediately and has begun the termination process. We will continue to monitor this disturbing matter. The safety of our students is our highest priority."

TPD says the Special Victims Unit is continuing to investigate the case. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to call them at (850) 891-4200, or if they wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.

To read the redacted arrest affidavit, click here.



 
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