GOODING — A Gooding High School employee and coach was arrested Friday on eight felony counts of sexual battery of a minor child.
Ann Kuroki, 26, was arrested after news surfaced of a relationship with a male student, the Gooding Police Department said in a statement Monday. The student is 16-17 years old.
An investigation began Wednesday and is ongoing, according to the statement.
Kuroki was fired from the Gooding School District Thursday morning “due to other findings uncovered while conducting their own internal investigation,” police said.
Kuroki was arraigned in Gooding County Magistrate Court Monday.
She was a classified, at-will employee at Gooding High — meaning she wasn’t a certified teacher — and was hired last school year.
Kuroki monitored the Idaho Digital Learning Academy lab, where students take online classes. She also coached junior varsity boys basketball.
“Our first concern in the Gooding School District is for students and their safety,” Superintendent Spencer Larsen told the Times-News on Monday. “When we got information, we acted upon it.”
It’s the second case within two weeks of a Magic Valley school employee being arrested on allegations of sexual battery of a child.
Twin Falls teacher Jason Benjamin, 39, was arraigned Dec. 29 and jailed on a $100,000 bond.
Benjamin was most recently a math teacher at Robert Stuart Middle School, but had taught at Canyon Ridge from 2009 until 2017.
The alleged victim was a student of Benjamin’s at Canyon Ridge High School during the 2016-17 school year, according to a police affidavit.