High school teacher in Concord accused of having affair with 17-year-old student

Katherine Ross Ridenhour
Katherine Ross Ridenhour

A 23-year-old teacher at a high school in Concord was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly having a inappropriate relationship with a male student at the school.

Concord Police said Katherine Ross Ridenhour, a teacher at Cox Mill High School, was engaged in a consensual relationship with a 17-year-old student. She was taken before a Cabarrus County magistrate and charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student, police said.

Police were notified of the alleged relationship Monday, said a statement from the department.

According to the school’s website, Ridenhour was the Junior Varsity cheerleading head coach, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV. A spokesperson with Cabarrus County Schools told WBTV that Ridenhour resigned from the school district on Tuesday. She was no longer listed as a staff member Wednesday afternoon.

Liberty University lists her as a 2016 graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science.

Ridenhour started working for the district in August 2016 as a family and consumer science teacher at the high school, WBTV reported. Fox News reported she is married.

Police say the teen was old enough to consent, but Ridenhour was criminally charged because he’s a student and she’s in a position of authority, reported TV station WCNC.