Local High School Teacher Accused Of Sexting Students
MUNHALL (KDKA) — A Steel Valley high school teacher is accused of sexting her male students.
Many of the messages 29-year-old Jennifer Smith is accused of sending to students are just too graphic to outline.
Police say she asked the five male students to erase the photos and the messages.
The evidence and accusations are substantial, but her attorney, David S. Shrager, shed no light on her side of the story.
“In terms of talking about what the potential defense is, is premature for me to talk about it,” he told reporters. “At this point in time, we’ve just had an arraignment and a waiver of the preliminary hearing.”
Two of the alleged victims are ages 15 and 16. The criminal complaint also lists three other 18-year-old Steel Valley students.
Police uncovered a message from the youngest boy in the criminal complaint. Smith allegedly sent him a text that she, “was thinking about him and missed him and that he looked sexy at baseball practice.”
The language grew more explicit, saying she, “wanted to perform oral sex on him after school in her class and have sex with him over her desk.”
The judge ordered Smith to have no contact with anyone by phone, text or Facebook until her formal arraignment on July 26.
KDKA’s Kym Gable asked Shrager about Smith’s employment status with the Steel Valley School District.
“Well, I think you may want to call Steel Valley,” he said. “You may want to contact the superintendent and talk to them about it.”
A phone call to the district was not returned.
Police say they have interviewed all of the male students involved and other students who received the alleged photos of Smith. They say all of the stories are consistent.