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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:00 am | Updated: 2:06 pm, Wed Jun 26, 2019.

A former Titusville teacher accused of statutory rape of a teenage boy waived all charges to court on Tuesday.

Rochelle Lee Cressman, 32, waived her rights to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols, of Titusville. Cressman allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy spanning from Sept. 13, 2018, to April 18.

In addition to the waiver, a new condition was placed on her bail release from prison. At the request of Pennsylvania Assistant District Attorney Paula Digiacomo, who is prosecuting the case, Nicols imposed an order that Cressman make no contact with any minors while she is free from jail. Cressman’s lawyer, Matthew Parson, offered no objection to the request.

Cressman had a pre-existing order that she not make contact with the victim or his family. She was released from the Crawford County Correctional Facility on May 13 after paying bail of $75,000 through a professional bondsman. She was lodged into the prison on May 8, the same day she was charged.

Cressman is accused of having sex with the victim at least 10 times, according to Corry-based State Police, who investigated the matter. Law enforcement officials were alerted to the relationship by the victim’s mother, who was informed by her son.

It is also alleged that Cressman and the victim had various other kinds of sexual contact, including oral sex and illegal physical contact. These incidents reportedly occurred in multiple locations, including a residence on Springcreek Road, in Oil Creek Township, and a residence on North Martin Street, in Titusville, according to the affidavit.

She is also accused of threatening to harm herself or the victim on multiple occasions if he ever told anyone about the relationship.

Cressman had worked as a physical education teacher at Titusville Middle School, but has not performed any duties with the district since April 12, and resigned on May 20 following a vote by the Titusville Area School Board. Superintendent Karen Jez told The Herald that Cressman requested time off on April 12 to take care of personal matters that Jez said she was not at liberty to discuss.

According to Jez, she was not made aware of the accusations until May 8, a day before details about the incidents were released to media outlets.

Cressman was first hired by the district in 2009, and previously worked at Titusville High School.

Police filed charges against Cressman based on an interview held with the victim and other evidence gathered, including “cellular phone messages,” according to the affidavit.

Cressman is facing 10 counts of statutory sexual assault, all felony 1 charges with a maximum possible sentence of 20 years imprisonment and fines of $25,000 each; 10 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, also felony 1 charges; one count of unlawful contact with a minor, another felony 1 charge; one count of endangering the welfare of children, a felony 3 offense with a maximum possible sentence of seven years imprisonment and a fine of $15,000; one count of corruption of minors, another felony 3 charge; one count of terroristic threats, a misdemeanor 1 charge with a maximum possible sentence of five years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000; and 42 counts of indecent assault, misdemeanor 2 charges which each carry a maximum possible sentence of two years imprisonment and a fine of $5,000.

If convicted of all charges, Cressman faces a combined maximum possible sentence of 523 years imprisonment and fines totaling $775,000.

According to staff at Judge Nicols’ office, Cressman will appear in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on July 19, though an exact time or judge has yet to be determined. The courts are located in Meadville, and are overseen by President Judge Anthony Vardaro, Judge John F. Spataro and Judge Mark D. Stevens.

Ray can be reached, by email, at sray@titusvilleherald.com.

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4 comments:

  • Noahs Bark posted at 6:50 pm on Mon, Jul 1, 2019.

    Noahs Bark Posts: 90

    I’m 150% certain that more cops would cut down on crime in this town. Just the other day I was told by a reliable source that a girl was beaten with a dead squirt at Bobby Grove Park. Who needs that? Our police officers are over worked and under paid. They don’t even have a secretary at the police station anymore. We need more cops. That’s final.


     
  • SSDD posted at 3:52 pm on Sat, Jun 29, 2019.

    SSDD Posts: 30

    Minarchist, agreed. I’m with you. More cops won’t solve anything. All it will do is cost the city more in wages/overtime, equipment, uniforms, vehicles, employee benefits and nothing more groundbreaking and beneficial to the city will happen as a result. Jahoba (and others) haven’t been out in the real world. Titusville is a bubble that they’ve been trapped inside. Because of this, they all think they have the answers, and they get needlessly snarky and insulting about it. More cops equals more money that the city doesn’t have. Crime is already low in Titusville, as I’ve said before, Titusville is NOT Compton. It’s still a town where people leave their doors unlocked and virtually nothing happens. The crimes that do happen are typically petty offenses and in general EVERYWHERE you go those things happen. Jahoba should be grateful at how safe Titusville is. YES Jahoba, considering what’s been going on in town I DO consider Titusville safe. You just have a terribly frightening and fragile worldview that you are applying to a small town that typically offers not much for the youth to do, and has ALWAYS had more bars than it needed. The cops we already have do a wonderful job and deserve to be commended, not told they alone are inadequate.


     
  • minarchist posted at 7:22 pm on Thu, Jun 27, 2019.

    minarchist Posts: 11

    Why does everyone think more cops are the answer? We have plenty of cops now and she still got awau with it for a significant amount of time...how, exactly, would a few more have changed anything?


     
  • Jahoba posted at 8:00 pm on Wed, Jun 26, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 205

    More police in the schools and this never happens. Guaranteed.


     

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