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Plum teacher facing sexual assault, other charges

Teachers in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, often have close relationships with their students. However, should feelings develop and lead to an intimate relationship, the teacher could face serious criminal charges. Even just an accusation of this type could significantly impact a person’s personal life and future employment opportunities.

A 38-year-old man in Plum has been charged with institutional sexual assault. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with one of the students at the high school where he was employed as a teacher. The man is also facing charges for providing a minor with liquor, corruption of minors and intimidating a victim or witness.

According to reports, the student claimed she and the teacher did not have intercourse until after she had turned 18-years-old at a preliminary hearing. Details regarding the duration of the relationship were not disclosed, nor was it reported whether it was consensual.

The man had been under house arrest until recently when his bond was revoked by a common pleas judge. A no-contact order prohibited him from communicating with the student. However, authorities allege that he sent her an email anyway, which violated the terms of his house arrest. As a result, a judge revoked his bond and he is now back in the Allegheny County Jail.

Sexual assault charges are a serious criminal offense, particularly when involving a teacher and a student. As such, those who are facing such charges may benefit from obtaining legal representation. Working with an attorney may help them to understand their options and rights, as well as establish a strong criminal defense.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Trial set for one Plum teacher charged with sexually assaulting student,” July 2, 2015

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