Sex abuse in a school setting is a major problem, reaching what seems like epidemic proportions recently, especially in Pennsylvania. With the Jerry Sandusky Penn State sex abuse scandal and the Philadelphia area coach sex abuse scandal, sex abuse in schools is unfortunately, nothing new.
It’s barely spring and so far this year, there have been multiple teacher-student school sex abuse cases in Pennsylvania.
Delaware County Elementary School Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Multiple Young Students
In one of the most disturbing cases, a Delaware County second grade teacher is accused of sexually abusing multiple students, spanning almost 10 years. Eight victims have come forward, and more are expected. The teacher has since been charged in two separate cases, filed this year. He faces 44 counts of institutional sexual assault, indecent assault on a person under the age of 13, and corruption of minors. The preliminary hearing for both cases is set for May 9, 2014.
According to a local news report, one of the students reported the abuse to school authorities nearly 10 years ago, when she was 10 years old and in the 5thgrade. However, nothing was done. Source: philadelphia.cbslocal.com, More Girls Accuse Former 2nd-Grade Teacher of Sex Abuse in Delco
Lackawanna County Special Ed Teacher Charged with Sex Abuse of 3 Students
Late last year, a former special education teacher was charged with 9 counts of sexually abusing three boys, aged 14, 15, and 16. The teacher was previously employed at a special school for troubled youth, and the three victims attended the school. She faces charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, and indecent assault of a person under the age of 16. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled in June.
Berks County Middle School Teacher Charged with Sex Assault of 14 Year Old Student
A Berks County, Pennsylvania middle school teacher was charged with sexually assaulting one of her 14 year old students, a 7th grader. The teacher was formerly employed with the Reading School District. She has been charged with 7 counts of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual contact with a student (institutional sexual assault), unlawful contact with a minor, and intimidation of a witness. Her trial is scheduled for later this month.
Three PA High School Teachers Charged with Sexual Abuse of Students
In addition, multiple high school teachers in Pennsylvania are facing criminal charges for having sexual contact with students. Each teacher was over the age of 30 at the time they were arrested.
- A Cumberland County high school teacher has been charged with 1 count of sexual contact with a student (institutional sex abuse). The alleged conduct involves a student in her classroom.
- A Montgomery County high school teacher faces 13 counts of sexual contact with a student (institutional sexual assault), corruption of minors, and disseminating sexually explicit material to a minor.
- A Luzerne County high school teacher faces at least two separate cases involving sexual abuse of students. This teacher faces 5 total counts of sexual contact with a student (institutional sexual assault) and corruption of minors.