A Pennsylvania teacher's aide has been accused of having unprotected sex with a minor after it came to light that she had been carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a student over the last month. Christine Towers, 26, faces felony charges for allegedly having unprotected sex with a 16-year-old boy four times.
When interviewed by police, the victim admitted to having sex with Towers, who worked at Conestoga High School in the city of Berwyn, and claimed that she first kissed him during a private tutoring session on March 17. Between then and April 17, the victim said that he and Towers had sex without a condom a total of four times, with Towers encouraging him to not tell police.
Tredyffrin/Easttown School District Superintendent Richard Gusick and Conestoga principal Amy Meisinger said in a statement that Towers worked for the school from September 2014 to February 26. However, the criminal complaint against her claims that Towers was still employed by the school as a teacher's aide during the time of the alleged sexual activity, a claim that Towers' attorney, Cary McClain, has denied.
The school district also confirmed that Towers was not an employee at the time of the incident. "When Ms. Towers was hired by the district, she had no prior criminal history record, and she resigned from all positions before the district was informed of any investigation or charges," the statement read.
McClain said that Towers “was contracted ... through a private contractor to assist with” the girls' softball team, a position from which she resigned as soon as the allegations surfaced.
Towers faces multiple felony charges – and could face more as the investigation continues. "Christine Towers is a good person, a hardworking person, and she maintains her innocence," McClain said in response to the charges.