So Cal School Psychologist Kristen L. Boyle Charged with Statutory Rape Involving Student

September 25, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A school psychologist with Fullerton Unified School District has been charged with statutory rape for having sex with a minor student.

Kristen Lynn Boyle, 35, of Lake Forest (U of MN '08), is accused of engaging in an illegal sexual relationship with a minor in a La Habra High School classroom at April 2018. Boyle, who worked as a school psychologist at La Habra High, has been on administrative leave since the relationship was discovered.

Boyle was arrested on September 20 by La Habra police following a lengthy investigation into a report that she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student on the school’s campus. Boyle has been charged with one felony count of statutory rape.

“Mental health professionals wield a tremendous amount of influence over their patients,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “This betrayal of trust is even more egregious because she used her position to gain her victim’s trust and then exploited the therapist/patient relationship to prey on one of the very students she was entrusted with helping.”

If convicted, Boyle could face a maximum sentence of three years.

Source: “La Habra High School Psychologist Charged With Having Sex With Student,” press release of Orange County District Attorney’s Office, September 24, 2019. URL:


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