PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A former Connellsville High School math teacher, accused of inappropriately texting a student, appeared in a Fayette County court Thursday.
Kevin Bell, 26, was ordered to stand trial for allegedly inappropriately texting and calling a student.
Bell sat in the same courtroom as the 17-year-old girl he is accused of exchanging inappropriate messages with and listened as she told the judge how the relationship began.
The two allegedly swapped phone numbers on Facebook then began sending photo and video messages.
“Everybody has their own personal opinions,” said student Zac Swift. “Bad situation at a bad time.”
Bell was a math teacher and coach at Connellsville High School. He met the teen when he had her in class last year.
According to police, Bell said he was drinking when the messages were exchanged and does not remember sending them.
Bell is accused of calling the teen more than 20 times in one night, telling her not to say a word about what happened.
Police were able to file charges after searching Bell’s phone.
The incidents all happened shortly before the girl’s 18th birthday.
Bell remains free on bond as he awaits his formal arraignment.