Oceanside CA Aug 11 2012 Sex crimes detectives arrested an Oceanside High School teacher on Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy who was once her student at a Vista residential school, San Diego police officials said.
The teacher, Kelly McKenzy Watson, 34, met the teenage boy while she was his teacher at New Haven Youth and Family Services from September 2010 to August 2011, according to San Diego police officials, who issued a press release announcing Watson’s arrest.
Authorities said in the news release that a tip on July 30 led to an investigation in which sex crimes detectives “determined Watson had engaged in an inappropriate dating relationship with the juvenile several months ago.”
Watson, who was arrested shortly before 11 a.m., remained jailed at Las Colinas Detention Center in Santee on Thursday evening in lieu of $45,000 bail, according to online jail records.
Jail records indicate she was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor and oral copulation with a minor. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, according to jail records.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Watson was a “Social Emotional Special Education Teacher” at Oceanside High School, and formerly worked at New Haven. Before then, she worked at other school districts in the Bakersfield area.
During her time at New Haven, she worked with “emotionally disturbed” teen boys, according to the LinkedIn profile.