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May 2, 2014

Police: Teacher's aide had sexual contact with Shamokin student

SHAMOKIN — A former teacher’s aide at Shamokin Area Middle-High School had sexual contact with a student in the school three times, according to police.

Amanda Dreher, 28, of Coal Township, was arrested for having the inappropriate contact with an 18-year old student after the high school principal called authorities and filed the report.

Dreher was charged with felony counts of institutional sexual assault.

The unidentified student told police he met Dreher at school and began speaking with her through Facebook and cell phone, court documents said.

The two began to talk about their personal lives and at some point the conversations turned sexual, police said.

The 18-year old victim told police said he and Dreher started to text in school and then met in the school on several occasions where they had sexual contact three separate times, court documents said.

The student told police that after one of the meetings with Dreher, she was observed by two other students walking out of the boys’ locker room, court documents said.

Police said they interviewed the other students who alledgedly saw Dreher leaving the boys’ locker room but they told authorities they saw her walking out of the stairwell that only goes to the boys swimming pool locker room, court documents said.

Police obtained search warrants for the cell phone and Facebook accounts of the student and Dreher, police said.

The records indicated there was a sexual relationship that existed, police said.

Dreher was arraigned on Thursday in front of Shamokin District Judge John Gembic and was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Dreher will appear for a preliminary hearing before Gembic at 9:30 a.m. on May 6.

In February 2013, former Shamokin School District substitute teacher Michael Zack was sentenced in Northumberland County Court to six months of house arrest and is now listed on Megan’s Law as a sex offender for pleading guilty a felony count of unlawful contact with a minor and a misdemeanor of corruption of minors. Zack is the nephew of Shamokin Area School District Superintendent James T. Zack.

Zack originally was charged with sending approximately 4,300 text messages to two 17-year-old and two 16-year-old girls who attended Shamokin schools at the time. Many of the messages, which were sent between March 15 and Oct. 30, 2011, contained graphic sexual material, police said.

 

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