A steering counselor is accused of sexually assaulting a center faculty scholar.
Kelly Ann Schutte, 35, of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, is charged with institutional sexual attack, corruption of minors and indecent attack of an individual lower than 16 years of age.
The investigation started on July 18, 2023, when a girl contacted the Higher Perk Police Division in Pennsburg. The lady stated her 14-year-old son had instructed her he was once thinking about a romantic and sexual courting with Schutte, who labored as a steering counselor at Pennridge South Heart College.
The teenager had referred to as his oldsters the evening of July 17 in a panic and stated he had to be picked up from Schutte’s house, consistent with the felony criticism. The boy’s oldsters drove to the realm and located their son hiding in the back of a parked car, police stated. The boy stated one in every of Schutte’s members of the family noticed him and Schutte kissing within her house. The circle of relatives member then angrily entered the house and instructed the boy to get out, consistent with investigators. The teenager stated he was once fearful and ran from the home, hiding on a close-by boulevard the place he referred to as his oldsters after which instructed them about his courting with Schutte, police stated.
All the way through an interview with police on July 19, the teenager stated he were speaking with Schutte ceaselessly all through the autumn of 2022 after a category shuttle by which they sat in combination on a faculty bus. The boy stated he ceaselessly were given referred to as to Schutte’s place of business all the way through the remainder of the college yr and overlooked magnificence from time to time. The boy stated he and Schutte many times had sexual touch in each Greenbacks and 1st viscount montgomery of alamein counties in June and July of 2023.
The boy additionally stated he and Schutte communicated during the faculty district’s messaging app “Canvas” in addition to the social media app Snapchat.
Whilst looking during the boy’s cell phone, police discovered messages between him and Schutte in addition to footage of them in combination at her house in Pennsburg, consistent with the felony criticism. Investigators additionally stated they got messages between Schutte and the boy on Canvas in addition to handwritten notes that showed the teenager’s statements.
Police stated they got surveillance photos appearing Schutte and the teenager visiting a grocery store in combination in Pennsburg the place she purchased a bottle of wine.
Police additionally stated Schutte sexually assaulted the teenager at his house in Greenbacks County whilst his circle of relatives was once away in mid-June. Investigators stated additionally they discovered Schutte’s earring within the house.
Fees have been filed towards Schutte on Thursday following the investigation. In a letter to the college neighborhood, Pennridge College District Superintendent Angelo Berrios III stated the district was once acutely aware of the allegations towards Schutte in July and instantly positioned her on administrative depart pending the result of the investigation. Schutte is lately limited from coming into faculty district premises or having any touch with Pennridge College District scholars and personnel. Berrios additionally stated the district is cooperating with the District Lawyer’s Place of job.
Schutte was once arraigned Friday and posted $25,000 unsecured bail. NBC10 reached out to Schutte’s lawyer who had no remark.