Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Student After Husband Allegedly Finds Texts Professing Love

Rebecca Kilps allegedly told police she was planning to leave her husband for the teen after his impending graduation

Rebecca Kilps
Rebecca Kilps. Photo: Manitowoc County Jail

A 34-year-old former teacher in Wisconsin has been arrested on allegations she sexually abused a student after her suspicious husband allegedly uncovered illicit text messages she had sent to the teen.

Rebecca Kilps, a former Spanish teacher at Two Rivers High School who resigned from her position, appeared in court on Monday, but did not enter pleas to charges she faces, reports WBAY.

PEOPLE confirms with the Two Rivers Police Department that Kilps was arrested back on May 24 and charged with three felony counts of sex assault of a student by school staff.

According to a police statement, the investigation into Kilps began on May 23, when a detective was contacted by a tipster and told that "a 34-year-old high school teacher engaged in sexual conduct with a 17-year-old student."

A criminal complaint obtained by WBAY alleges Kilps' husband called police the very next day. Fearing his wife was having an affair, the husband sifted through the text messages on her phone while she slept.

When confronted with the texts, in which she allegedly spoke of a future with the recipient and told him she loved him, Kilps allegedly admitted to her husband the messages had been sent to a student.

WBAY reports the teen boy admitted to police he and Kilps first met his freshman year, and that they had had sex twice in her home, according to the complaint.

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Kilps met with detectives and allegedly admitted she'd developed romantic feelings for the teen last October.

Kilps allegedly told police she was planning to leave her husband for the teen after his impending graduation.

PEOPLE's attempts to reach Kilps and her attorney by phone were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Kilps is due back in court July 22, at which point a judge will determine if there's sufficient evidence against her for the case to proceed to trial.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to contact Det. Lt. Melissa Wiesner at 920-793-1191.

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