Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student Awaits Preliminary Hearing

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson County woman is behind bars awaiting a preliminary hearing on charges related to an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy.

Court documents indicate that 29-year-old Megan Roselyn Bartley, of Spruce Street, Anita, Pa., a former teacher at Soaring Heights School in DuBois, was arrested on Friday by Punxsutawney-based State Police.

Bartley is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail after failing to post $500,000.00 monetary bail.

She is charged with the following:

– School – Intercourse/Sexual Contact with Student, Felony 3 (15 counts)
– Unlawful Contact with Minor – Sexual Offenses, Felony 3 (20 counts)
– Corruption of Minors, Misdemeanor 1 (20 counts)

Bartley’s preliminary hearing before District Judge Robert Chambers in Punxsutawney is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27.

According to police, they also learned that the boy’s mother, 41-year-old Bridget Ann Kruzelak, of Delancey, was allegedly aware of and permitted the actions of Bartley and her son.

Kruzelak was charged with child endangerment, a first-degree misdemeanor. A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

According to police, the investigation began when employees at Soaring Heights used the state’s Department of Human Services ChildLine and Abuse Registry. It is part of a mandated statewide child protective services program designed to accept child abuse referrals.

The referral in this case was made to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office where DA Jeff Burkett referred the case to Punxsutawney-based State Police.

Their investigation found that Bartley and the 17-year-old boy were engaged in an intimate, sexual relationship for several months while she was a teacher at Soaring Heights.

Police say the sexual acts committed by Bartley took place while at, or near, a residence on Spruce Street in McCalmont Township.

According to a published article on wjactv.com, a Soaring Heights spokeswoman said the school learned of the allegations on August 22. They suspended Bartley the following day before ultimately firing her.

According to the school’s website, soaringheightsschool.com, all Soaring Heights School educators are Certified Special Education teachers.

The schools’ website also said that their schools are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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