FORMER PENNSYLVANIA GYM TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUALLY ASSAULTING STUDENT
November 11, 2020
Joshua Rhett Miller
A former gym teacher in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student over a seven-month span, according to reports.
Rochelle Cressman, 33, who previously taught at Titusville Middle School, appeared Tuesday in Crawford County Court on three counts of statutory sexual assault involving the teen who was one of her students, the Meadville Tribune reported.
State police said Cressman, of Titusville, initiated the “sexual relationship” with the boy from September 2018 through April 2019, the Times Observer previously reported.
The pair had engaged in multiple sex acts about twice a week during the span, investigators said.
Cressman repeatedly told the boy not to “tell anyone of the relationship” and even threatened to harm herself and the boy if their illicit acts were uncovered, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The teacher and the teen got intimate at Cressman’s former residence in Oil Creek Township and at a home in Titusville, the Meadville Tribune reported.
Sixty-three criminal counts were dropped as a result of Cressman’s guilty plea, according to the newspaper. She had been initially charged in May 2019 with 42 counts of indecent assault, as well as 10 counts of statutory sexual assault, 10 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other related charges.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors said they’ll recommend a minimum of six years in prison and a maximum of 12 when Cressman is sentenced in February. She will also serve 10 years of probation following her incarceration, the Meadville Tribune reported.
Cressman, who worked for the Titusville Area School District, resigned in May 2019, the Titusville Herald reported.
As a result of her guilty plea, Cressman will also have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender for the rest of her life, according to the Meadville Tribune.
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