SHAMOKIN - The teacher's aide accused of having sexual contact with a student three times inside the Shamokin Area Middle-High School in January and February waived her right to a preliminary hearing this morning.
Amanda Dreher, 28, of Coal Township, was ordered by Magistrate District Judge John Gembic in Shamokin to appear for Northumberland County plea court on June 23.
Dreher, who also waived her right to an attorney, was charged last Thursday by Coal Township Detective Jeffrey Brennan with three felony counts of institutional sexual assault.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
She is accused of having sexual contact with an 18-year-old student three separate times inside the school, including the boys swimming pool locker room.
According to court records, the unidentified student told police he met Dreher at school and began speaking with her through Facebook and phone calls.
At some point, the conversations turned sexual, police said.
Two students said they saw Dreher coming from the locker room, and search warrants were obtained for the digital records, which showed a sexual relationship between Dreher and the student.
High school Principal Chris Venna initially reported the alleged incident to the police.
Dreher turned herself into the police Thursday.
After she was arraigned that same day, Dreher was released by Gembic on $5,000 unsecured bail.