We have heard it all before but it has happened again. On Wednesday, a special Education teacher, 30-year-old Stephanie Amato, has been charged in Philadelphia has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student. According to prosecutors in the case, Amato is an 8th grade teacher at Ethan Allen School, and that she had sex with the 14 year old boy in her home and car on multiple occasions between March and April.
Amato has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and other charges. On Wednesday, Amato, who was a teacher for six years, surrendered to authorities, a police spokeswoman said.
According to NBC10.com “Investigators say one of Amato's 14-year-old male students told the school counselor that he had sex with Amato several times at her home and in her car between March and April of this year. School officials then contacted police.” www.nbc10.com Amato was removed from the school pending an investigation, and barred from having contact with students. According to the school district Amato is currently suspended with pay, but that after an administrative hearing next week could lose her pay. Amato is also banned from having contact with any students. Amato had posted photos of herself with her students many times on her Facebook page.
According to a statement released by the principal at Ethan Allen School which stated that:
“The School District of Philadelphia was informed this morning by the Philadelphia Police Department that Stephanie M. Amato, a special education teacher at Ethan Allen Elementary School, was arrested for allegations of sexual contact with a minor. The arrest did not occur at or near our school. Ms. Amato was relocated to a School District administrative office at the time the allegation was initially made. The School District and our school are working closely with the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted.” www.webapps.philasd.org
Amato posted bail on Thursday morning, court records show. It had been set at $125,000. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 24th.