Pennsylvania Teacher Gets Prison for Student Sex - Update
(East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) Art teacher Cynthia Hartopp, 29, at East Stroudsburg High School North has pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with two students.
As a result, Hartopp has been sentenced to spend 15 to 48 months in prison.
In April of 2013 an investigation began into Hartopp having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old male student. She was charged in June.Reportedly, Hartopp will not get another teaching job.
Then in August more charges were filed as Hartopp was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student.
At her sentencing with her family by her side, her father held back tears as he addressed the judge.
“As a parent, I have experienced humiliation and unending questions of ‘why?’ I am not here to condone Cynthia’s conduct and no way suggesting it’s morally justified. I know my daughter is remorseful.”
Pennsylvania Teacher Accused of Sex Assault
[Previous 6/5/13 post]
(East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) A 28-year-old art teacher at East Stroudsburg High School, Cynthia Hartopp, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student.
Hartopp faces charges of institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minor.
Since she recently broke up with her boyfriend, she asked him in February if he wanted to "hang out with her after school," he told police. They began meeting at her apartment.Hartopp was booked into custody at the Monroe County Correctional Facility.
The first time at her apartment, they ate, watched television and played on the computer. In the subsequent five or six visits, they kissed while he touched, and attempted to touch, her body. The 16-year-old told police he wanted to have sex with her and he believed it was going to happen.
Police said the student recalled one text message where she asked if he was a virgin.
When police interviewed Ms. Hartopp on April 24, she admitted the student had been to her apartment on numerous occasions.