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Tiffany Leiseth: English teacher has sex with students, texts nude pics to them

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Tiffany Leiseth is a 26-year-old English teacher in Pennsylvania who is facing sexual assault charges after allegedly having had sex with two 18-year-old high school seniors in her home while her husband was out of town. Tiffany Leiseth, like many people, might have thought that since the two male students were 18 and legally adults, there would be no consequences to giving the students alcohol, having intimate relations, and texting nude pictures of herself to them. However, as reported by CBS Pittsburgh on July 9, a school teacher cannot have sex with a student even if the student is 18.

According to Moon Township Police Chief Leo McCarthy, the alleged sexual acts between the English teacher and the two 18-year-old students took place a few hours after the last day of school but still a few days before the students’ graduation. Until the two 18-year-old young men actually graduated and walked across the stage and got their diploma, they were still students -- and their age did not matter.

“It’s known as institutional sexual assault. It’s a felony of the third degree,” said Police Chief McCarthy. “This crime came on the books around 2007. It’s designed to give people who are being supervised by others protection.”

Tiffany Leiseth was a long-term English substitute teacher for the New Brighton School District for two years. She has now been fired.

The teacher’s involvement with the two 18-year-old students was discovered when police received phone calls of a teacher having sexual relations with students. The investigation into the matter began at the end of May and intensified when police discovered nude photos that the teacher had texted to the male students.

While class schedules showed that Leiseth was indeed the male students’ teacher, her defense attorney Mike Deriso is saying that she was not in fact their teacher at the time and that the two male students could not be considered her students. “She was not their teacher at the time, and they were not her students. My client did not pursue those boys. They are adults. They make their own decisions.”

The two male students told investigators that Leiseth had invited them separately to her house when her husband was away, offered them beer, and had sex with them. “Police said on the last day of school, the English teacher invited one of the students over and gave him beer. The next day, police said a second victim went to Leiseth’s home and they had sex. The teenager told police Leiseth told him not to tell anyone.”

Tiffany Leiseth cannot be charged with any crime for having texted nude pictures of herself to the students since they were 18. However, she is facing charges for institutional sexual assault and for having provided alcohol to minors. As reported by WPXI, “regardless of your age, whether you’re an adult or not, if you’re a high school student, a teacher cannot have sexual relations with you.”

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