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Warrant issued for Franklin High teacher on sex abuse charge after video discovered

Franklin High teacher to be charged with sexual abuse of student; police say she has left the country

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Franklin High School teacher accused of engaging in sex acts with a 16-year-old student, Baltimore County police said Friday.

Police say the teacher, Ekatherine Pappas, 24, has left the country. They said she would be charged with counts including sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sexual offense.

Pappas, of Nottingham, taught Spanish at the school.

The school resource officer at Franklin heard rumors there was a video of Pappas engaged in a sex act with a male student, said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach. He investigated and found the video on a student's phone.

The school officer contacted the police department's Crimes Against Children Unit, which is now investigating. Police said the incidents occurred Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, and did not take place on school property.

Peach did not say where detectives believe Pappas is, but said "she absolutely is outside of the country."

Schools spokesman Mychael Dickerson said Pappas started working for the county school system on Nov. 16, 2016.

"Appropriate personnel action is being taken to include a recommendation for termination," Dickerson said in an email to The Sun.

Investigators asked anyone with information on Pappas' whereabouts or other information to call detectives at 410-307-2020.

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