Former Cedar Rapids school counselor convicted of having sex with teen student


A former counselor at Polk Alternative Education Center in Cedar Rapids has been convicted of enticing a teenaged student to having sex with her.

The Gazette reports that 46-year-old Miranda Breeden of Monticello is looking at 10 years to life in federal prison when sentenced at a later date. The woman admitted in a plea hearing Tuesday that she used a cellphone to entice a 14-year-old boy to engage in sex acts between November 2019 and January 2020.

Officials at the Cedar Rapids Community School District placed Breeden on leave once they found out about the investigation and terminated her on July 31st. She had been employed with the district since August 2019.

The boy’s mother became concerned about the relationship between Breeden and her son and notified a school resource officer, then found inappropriate text messages between the two. The boy’s brother also told police that the boy was having sex with Breeden.

The two reportedly engaged in sexual activity in Breeden’s counselor’s office, hotels, and at Breeden’s parents’ house in Monticello.

A separate charge of making false statements in the purchase of a firearm is to be dismissed at sentencing.

Sentencing will be set after a pre-sentencing report is prepared.