A Susquenita High School teacher has been charged in the attempted sexual assault of a student.
David Jonathan Lara, 34, of Mifflintown, was charged with multiple offenses, including attempted institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, attempted corruption of minors, unlawful contact with minors and attempted unlawful contact with minors.
Police said Lara asked a 10th-grade student to attend an after-school study group he coordinated so she could receive help with her math work.
During the study session, which was held in his classroom, police said Lara suggested that oral sex with him could help the student with her grades and with the completion of her math assignments. Lara also made flirtatious comments and alluded to sexual behavior.
Charges have been filed through the court of Judge Nancy L. Edie.
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According to court documents, Lara was released on his own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 12.
“We are deeply troubled by the alleged circumstances and the resultant filed charges surrounding this matter,” Susquenita superintendent Kent Smith said in a statement to ABC27.
Smith said guidelines and protocols were “strictly followed” in the case and that the district has cooperated fully with the Pennsylvania State Police.
“Because of the legal and personnel implications specific to this issue, the district will have no further comment at this time,” Smith said.