PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 11-year-old student will go to trial.
Geraldine Alcorn, 29, appeared in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
Alcorn waived the felony charge of criminal attempt – interference with custody of children to court. In exchange, the misdemeanor counts of luring a child to a motor vehicle and corruption of minors are withdrawn.
Neither defense attorney Michael Worgul nor his client would speak to reporters after the hearing.
“We’re not making any comment at this time, but thank you,” said Worgul.
Alcorn was a teacher at Beechwood Elementary School in Beechview. Once the school district learned of the concerns of the girl’s parents, Alcorn was suspended and eventually she resigned.
According to the criminal complaint, Alcorn alleged exchanged some 2,400 texts with the female student over a span of two weeks. They also kept the relationship a secret from the girl’s mother.
Police found out about the texting when the girl’s mother discovered the messages on her daughter’s iPod. Police said Alcorn had at least one conversation with the girl about adopting her, they also allegedly discussed running away together, and Alcorn allegedly expressed deep love for the girl.
The criminal complaint reports the girl’s mother found Alcorn in her home without her permission. She also allegedly found post-it notes and letters written by the girl to Alcorn with the headings: “Things Ms. Alcorn and I can do,” “What we can do,” and “When we can do it.”
Even after Alcorn was instructed not to have contact with the girl, the teacher allegedly attempted to contact her in other ways, according to police.
The 11-year-old was at City Court Wednesday prepared to take the stand had testimony been necessary.