SALTSBURG (KDKA) – A teacher at Saltsburg High School has been charged with raping a 16-year-old female student.
According to police, the incident happened in May of 2012 at the school and involved shop teacher, 29-year-old Todd McCullough.
The incident was discovered after another female student went to school officials about McCullough making advances toward her.
“It’s absolutely possible there may be other victims, so we are looking at everything at this point,” said Trooper John Matchik, of Pennsylvania State Police.
While officials were investigating the girl’s claims, they uncovered the alleged 2012 incident.
“What we have is a gentleman identified as Mt. McCullough who was involved in significant inappropriate contact with one of the students there,” said Trooper Matchik.
Police described the event as a buildup of advances, from touching to the alleged rape.
The victim stopped going to class for a period of time to avoid McCullough.
“Proceeded to grab her hips from behind, he also proceeded to massage her shoulders and make just comments that a teacher shouldn’t make,” said Trooper Matchik. “He then proceeded to lure her or directed her to a small, isolated back room off of the shop area. He proceeded back there with her; he closed the door, and at that point, he proceeded to pull down his pants and exposed himself to her.”
Investigators tell KDKA the girl ran from the room avoiding McCullough’s class for a week. Returning after he apologized, but not long after police say McCullough is accused of cornering the girl in the same back room.
“He grabbed her and placed her up on one of the tables,” Trooper Matchik said.
McCullough is facing a list of charges including rape, sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.