Kelly Aldinger, a married 49-year-old Pennsylvania substitute teacher, has been charged with institutional sexual assault after being found having sex with a 17-year-old student in a local cemetery. If convicted, Aldinger could face seven years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
Lehigh Valley Live reports:
Police say they found Aldinger at 1:06 p.m. May 6 having sex with a 17-year-old Easton High junior in a Chevrolet Equinox at the cemetery off Seventh Street. Both she and the teenager told police they had been having sex since the fall of 2015 when he was 16, according to court papers read by District Judge Daniel Corpora at Aldinger’s Tuesday morning arraignment.
The age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16, so Aldinger doesn’t face a statutory rape charge. The institutional sexual assault charge was introduced because she worked at his school. According to the Morning Call, her employer, Source4Teachers, put out a statement noting that she had been “indefinitely suspended.”
Cemetery Superintendent Jeff Mutchler said people frequently use the site for illicit activities.
“It’s a park-like setting,” he told the Morning Call. “Because it’s secluded, quiet, we do have people come in here and they’re disrespecting the families of the people that are buried here.”
He noted the cemetery would be installing surveillance cameras.
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