Special school teaching assistant ‘seduced boy, 14,’ before gran got suspicious

A female teacher's aide is in custody and facing a prison sentence after allegedly grooming and seducing a male student.

Jennilynne Derolf, 38, is being held in custody in lieu of a $900,000 (£653k) bail payment in Pennsylvania.

Local news channel WPVI says the now-former teacher's aide from Falls Township, Bucks County has been charged with the sexual assault of a teenage student.

Derolf is charged with several felony counts including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault.

She was an aide in the victim's class at Valley Day School in Falls Township, authorities said.

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office told the channel that an investigation began on Tuesday when the victim's grandmother contacted police to tell them she was worried her grandson was having sex with his teacher.

Reports say the DA's office said the victim told detectives the relationship with his teacher's aide began with discreet messages using a mobile phone app.

Soon after, they would meet in person and those liaisons turned "romantic", the student told investigators.

He claimed their relationship eventually became far more intimate and all their interactions evolved into sexual contact on three different occasions in July.

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This is according to findings from the D.A.'s office, the news station reports.

In a statement, District Attorney Matt Weintraub said: "She not only violated the trust required in any student-teacher relationship, but also that trust that children should be able to have in all adults of authority. She will be held accountable for her criminal acts."

The Valley Day School serves students from across the Delaware Valley who require special attention and are classified as emotionally disturbed and/or are neurologically impaired. Kids with autism also attend this school, the news station reports.

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Executive Director Robert Phillips confirmed Derolf has been fired and added: "When we were notified of the charges, we immediately removed the staff person from the building.

"Next week clinical staff will be in to speak with students and staff who need to talk through this process."

She was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jan Vislosky and was sent to Bucks County Correctional Facility under 10% of $900,000 bail.

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