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A former guidance counselor at Daniel Boone Area High School has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Counseling in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, Jamie Witzel, 40, has been charged with six counts of sex crimes, including statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault, 69 News reports.
Authorities say Witzel, a woman, had repeated sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male student between 2016 and 2017. The misconduct reportedly took place in Witzel’s office and in her car, according to police. Reports suggest that Witzel and the student had sex more than a dozen times over the year-long span.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, police first became aware of the situation after the student’s mother discovered nude and semi-nude images of Witzel on her son’s phone. The mother downloaded the Snapchat images onto a flash drive and brought them to authorities. Investigators then interviewed the student on February 27. He disclosed the relationship, but said it had ended in the summer of 2017.
Police then met with Witzel and informed her that they were investigating an inappropriate relationship. Witzel surrendered herself to police and has now been released on $50,000 bail. She is a resident of Schwenksville in Montgomery County, according to the Reading Eagle.
In a statement released on Thursday, August 30, 2018, Robert Hurley, Superintendent for the Daniel Boone School District, said that officials at the school reported the misconduct complaint to “all appropriate legal authorities” immediately upon receiving the allegations. Hurley also notes that the district “immediately took action to separate Ms. Witzel from her professional duties at the district, and her employment with the district was subsequently terminated.” The district says that it is cooperating with law enforcement authorities.
This is the second case of sexual misconduct to emerge from Daniel Boone Area High School in recent years. In 2012, an English teacher at the school, 31-year-old Kristy Risell, was convicted on charges of institutional sexual assault and indecent assault for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. She was sentenced to three months house arrest.