Pennsylvania High School Coach Abused Student

Pennsylvania High School Coach Abused Student

Authorities claim that a high school coach in Pennsylvania sexually assaulted a juvenile pupil for more than a year before being caught. According to a news announcement from Northampton County District Attorney Terence Houck dated April 13, Hannah Marth, 26, of Walnutport, has been charged with institutional sexual assault and sexual assault by a sports official, both third-degree crimes.

Marth coached the javelin throwers for the track and field team at Northampton Area High School, according to the statement. She was afterward released from her obligations. According to the authorities, Marth reportedly had a “sexual relationship” that started in May 2021 with a 17-year-old kid who was a member of the high school’s track and field team while she was employed there.

Investigators discovered that on May 22, 2021, Marth reportedly sent the student-athlete a text message at roughly two in the morning inviting him to have sex at her Lehigh Township residence. There, she allegedly “initiated sexual contact with the victim,” according to the press statement.

Authorities claim that Marth later admitted in a police interrogation that she had “romantic involvement” with the youngster in May 2021. The teen allegedly admitted to detectives that he had been seeing Marth since October of 2021. “A trusted relationship between a student-athlete, an athlete’s parent, and a coach can be a vulnerable one,” D.A. Houck stated in the statement.

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“A coach’s flagrant contempt for the welfare of individuals they coached, and above all – the law, is demonstrated by the misuse of that relationship. When she allegedly committed this act against the victim, the defendant betrayed that confidence, he said.

LehighValleyLive says that Easton Area School District Superintendent David Piperato confirmed in a statement on Thursday that Marth was a teacher there. According to the site, the statement says, in part, “As a rule, the School District does not comment on ongoing criminal matters or personnel matters.”

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The School District will, however, completely cooperate with the relevant authorities and take all necessary steps to safeguard the safety of our kids. According to court documents, Marth was charged on April 13 and is currently being held on a $75,000 unsecured bail. The date of her preliminary hearing is April 27. It is unknown if she has hired a lawyer to speak on her behalf.


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