Middle School Teacher Charged With Open Lewdness Waives Prelim

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A sixth grade teacher who is accused of repeatedly exposing himself outside his home waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in court.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to a home on High Meadow Drive in O’Hara Township for an indecent exposure report on June 27.

Neighbors said they caught Jeffery Blahusch touching himself on the back deck of his home several times.

They told police they recorded four of the alleged incidents. The four videos were taken from June 6-27 and all occurred between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“Unfortunately, this is something that happened in the privacy of Mr. Blahusch’s home,” defense attorney Mel Vatz said. “He intended no harm to anybody.”

Blahusch reportedly told police he has ruined his family’s lives and he will likely lose his job as a teacher at Franklin Regional Middle School.

According to the school district’s website, Blahusch teaches science and was the head coach of the middle school’s softball team. There’s an online petition drive to get the charges dropped.

Meanwhile, there’s a hint that plea bargaining is underway.

“Mr. Blahusch is sorry, really for all of the attention that this has brought. We do hope to get things resolved in a fair way,” Vatz said.

Blahusch is on paid, administrative leave from the Franklin Regional School District, and there’s no indication as to whether he’ll ever teach again.

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