Case Against Western Pa. Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student Moves Forward

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) –  The case against a Venango County middle school teacher who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student will move forward.

Kyle Stanley Askins, 25, of Franklin, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in front of District Judge Patrick Lowery.

Askins, a third-year physical education and health teacher, faces the following charges:

– IDSI Person Less Than 16 Years Age, Felony 1
– Statutory Sexual Assault: 4-8 Years Older, Felony 2
– Agg. Ind. Assault – Comp. Less Than 16, Felony 2
– Interference W/Custody Of Children, Felony 3
– Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3
– Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Years Age, Misdemeanor 2

The affidavit of probable cause filed by Franklin-based State Police said Askins and his alleged victim, a 13-year-old girl, had met outside of school on approximately 10 occasions and that staff from the school had contacted police.

The investigation was initiated on May 1 when the girl’s parents discovered she was missing around 3 a.m.

During an interview with Franklin-based State Police Cpl. Bunyak later that day, Askins allegedly admitted to engaging in a relationship with the 13-year-old victim.

Askins allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim on eight known occasions, according to police.

“The defendant openly admitted to having oral and vaginal sex with the victim on eight occasions,” said Cpl. Bunyak in the affidavit.

Askins remains in the Venango County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.

Due to the nature of the allegations, Askins has been placed on unpaid, administrative leave by the school district.

Askins is a 2010 graduate of Franklin High School.

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