Kimberly Horenstein taught deaf children for 21 years in Portland, Oregon, before she was exposed for sexually abusing two girls, 11 and 13, on a swim team she’d coached at the start of her career. She wasn’t prosecuted because the statute of limitations had run out, but she lost her teaching license. Now she wants to teach again — and she may get the chance, reports the Oregonian.
Horenstein, now 50, admitted the sexual abuse in 2005. One of her victims came forward after seeing a newspaper column about Horenstein and her partner’s adoption of two boys.
In petitioning for her license back, Horenstein refers to the abuse, which spanned years of sex with two children, as “the incident.”
“I acknowledge the fact that much earlier in my life I made some poor choices,” Horenstein wrote the state board. “I have consistently maintained good boundaries with my students.”
“The incident” doesn’t seem like an adequate explanation for using her position of authority to exploit two little girls over a three-year period. One of the victims, the mother of two children attending Portland schools, thinks Horenstein is not worthy of trust.