Pennsylvania State Police said that they charged a 34-year-old teacher at Susquenita High School in Perry County, Pennsylvania, with the attempted sexual assault of a female student.
Charges have been filed through the court of Judge Nancy L. Edie, 41-3-03. A preliminary hearing for him is set for Sept. 12, 2019.
“We are deeply troubled by the alleged circumstances and the resultant filed charges surrounding this matter. As superintendent, I can confirm that all of the procedural guidelines and protocols have been strictly followed regarding this matter,” Susquenita Superintendent Kent Smith said in a statement on Friday, WPMT reported.
State police said that David J. Lara of Mifflintown, a math teacher, was coordinating an after school study group in his classroom at the high school on May 28, 2019, and asked a 10th-grade female student to attend. During the study session, he allegedly suggested the girl that oral sex with him could help her grades and math assignments. Lara also made flirtatious comments to the student and alluded to sexual behavior. He has been suspended by the school.
“The Susquenita School District has cooperated fully with the Pennsylvania State Police, who are investigating the matter. Because of the legal and personnel implications specific to this issue, the district will have no further comment at this time.” Smith said.
Lara faces multiple charges, including attempted institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, attempted corruption of minors, unlawful contact with minors, and attempted unlawful contact with minors, according to State Police’s statement.