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The student who was abused by a music teacher in Pennsylvania saw her as a trusted figure and told her about personal problems before the relationship turned sexual.
Olivia Ortz, 26, was indicted last Monday under charges of having sexual contact with a minor student old.
The former Wilmington Area High School teacher faces charges of sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.
Ortz was released on $150,000 bond..
The New Wilmington Police Department became involved in the case on April 18 after they were contacted by the principal of the study center who had been tipped off by Ortz’s husband.
The husband, a contract employee at the school district, found evidence of his partner’s encounters with the minor after returning from a trip to Florida. Allegedly, man found evidence on his wife’s iPad that he had an inappropriate relationship with the teenager. Her husband found a letter that the girl had sent to Ortz, police spokeswoman Carmen Piccirillo revealed to PEOPLE.
“Both of them had worked with this student on musical productions in our school district,” Piccirillo said. “And obviously he was horrified. He knew she was underage and he reported it. And so he did the right thing. And the next day, a Saturday, he contacted the principal,” Piccirillo recounted.
Initially, the young lady denied contact with the choir teacherbut eventually admitted the relationship.
“The student indicated that at first she considered Olivia Ortz as a safe adult whom she trusted and told her about her personal and relationship problems, but then it turned into a romantic relationship,” the girl confessed.
The student told police that Ortz invited her to his home in Sharon on April 7. when the husband was out of state. That night she stayed in the house and they had sexual activity.
After that contact, the student returned to the house to comfort Ortz with the news that her husband had found out.
On May 5, Police carried out a search of the house. and took the suspect’s cell phone and iPad.
Despite knowing about the investigation against her, the woman continued contact with the girl and they continued to communicate through Spotify. Between May 10 and May 11, the service recorded more than 100 messages.
The preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for tomorrow, May 25.
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