Harrison County teacher arrested for sexual battery of former student

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport teacher arrested on sexual battery and molestation charges is out of jail after posting a $1-million dollar bond.

Twenty-eight-year-old Catryna Lollita Martin, a teacher at North Gulfport Seventh and Eighth grade school, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Police arrested the science teacher and basketball coach on Friday. Gulfport police chief Allen Weatherford says the parents prompted police to look into the allegations involving the 14 year-old girl, who is a former student of Martin's.

Officer James Griffin of the Gulfport Police Department said "During the course of the investigation, it was learned that these incidents took place while the student was being tutored at Martin's residence."

Police say the incidents leading to her arrest took place during the first week of this month.

Harrison County School superintendent Henry Arledge says Martin has been suspended indefinitely without pay. He says she can request a hearing before the school board to appeal her suspension. Arledge says he says he will recommend to the board that Martin lose her job with the district.

If convicted of sexual battery and molestation, Martin will lose her teaching license.