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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 5:00 am

A former Titusville Middle School teacher is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy on several occasions.

According to Corry-based State Police, Rochelle Lee Cressman, 32, was charged Monday through the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office for an alleged sexual relationship she had with the victim between Sept. 13, 2018, and April 18. During this period, police said that Cressman reportedly had sex with the victim at least 10 times.

An investigation was launched by police after they were alerted to the relationship through the victim’s mother, who had been told about it by the teen. Along with sexual intercourse, Cressman and the victim reportedly had several other sexual encounters, which took place at multiple locations. Among the locations in which the alleged incidents occurred were a private residents on Springcreek Road in Oil Creek Township, and a residence on North Martin Street in Titusville.

According to the affidavit, other sexual incidents during the course of Cressman’s relationship with the victim included oral sex and inappropriate touching. Cressman also allegedly threatened to harm herself or the victim if he ever told anyone about the relationship on multiple occasions.

Superintendent Karen Jez said that Cressman had worked as a physical education teacher at Titusville Middle School, having been hired on in 2009, but had not performed any duties within the district since April 12. Jez said she couldn’t comment further on Cressman’s current employment status and that the district is cooperating with law enforcement, Crawford County Children and Youth Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the course of the investigation.

Cressman’s bio from the district website is no longer available, but according to an archived version of the page, she attended Clarion and Slippery Rock University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education, with a focus in physical education and health. She later earned a master’s in education from Gannon University in 2001, and is also married. She graduated from Rocky Grove High School in 2005.

Based on an interview held with the victim and other evidence gathered, including “cellular phone messages,” police filed charges. 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.

Cressman was arraigned today before Magisterial District Judge Rita Marwood, of Linesville. She is currently confined to Crawford County Correctional Facility, with bond set at $75,000.

Jez told The Herald that any parents with children that are upset or concerned regarding the events should contact their school’s principal. She said that the district’s student assistance team and counselors are ready to help any students dealing with emotional distress from the situation.

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

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6 comments:

  • Huber Hanes posted at 5:48 pm on Tue, May 14, 2019.

    Huber Hanes Posts: 12

    "Sex crimes are a complex, complicated and emotional situation -- and its not going away anytime soon." This statement was said by a former alumni from Penn State around 2012 in regards to Jerry Sandusky's criminal trial. He was indicted on 45 counts of sexual offenses with 6 boys or more over a period of years. No crimes were reported or "committed" until whistle blower/student Mike McQuerery filed a criminal complaint.
    Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Jeffrey was a prison guard was convicted on 14 counts and got 6 yrs in prison.
    Here, Ms. Rochelle Lee Cressman has been charged for having committed " unlawful ' criminal' sex acts " with 1 minor male -- and now facing 523 yrs. imprisonment and a fine of $775,000.00 . This process is called: Stacking Charges as if you were making out your grocery list. Its a pity that no body cares, let alone dares to show this woman any compassion for a situation in which she has only been accused of doing -- and not yet having darkened the doorways of a Criminal Court Room -- yet has now been publically tried and convicted by the news medias and is facing fines that could balance the county's budget, and a prison term that exceeds any First Degree Murder Conviction. 523 Years in Prison and fined: $775,000.00 which began as consensual sex between a woman and a young man. So - is this all about the big money or has our society now become a society of vultures circling over head and have spotted an easy meal to feast upon. This attitude must change

     
  • Jahoba posted at 8:31 pm on Fri, May 10, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 230

    But, Titusville fanboy you said things like this don’t happen in this area. If there was a strong police presence maybe this could have been avoided? Don’t act like this could not have been stopped. There is a victim here and you act like rape isn’t a big deal. For shame fanboy.

     
  • SSDD posted at 1:17 pm on Fri, May 10, 2019.

    SSDD Posts: 38

    OMG, and Titusville anti-fan person (that also like, illegally gender identified me! That’s hate speech!) Jahoba keeps saying Titusville isn’t super safe!

    Sure looks like law enforcement is doing a good job to me!

     
  • Emily posted at 11:43 am on Fri, May 10, 2019.

    Emily Posts: 1

    Fixed your headline:
    “Former teacher accused of statutory rape”
    Diminishing the sexual offenses of anyone, especially by women and/or against men/boys, is not intellectually honest, and it helps to delegitimize the struggle of these victims.

     
  • venangoenergy posted at 6:15 am on Fri, May 10, 2019.

    venangoenergy Posts: 5

    What was the reason the Titusville School Board cited to relieve the suspect from her duties on April 12, 2019?

    Why did her arrest take almost an entire month to occur after she was relieved from her teaching duties?

    The victim's mother was the source that contacted the state police, not the school board or any school district employees.

    Were there any members on the school board or employees of the Titusville School District that harbored a conflict of interest and therefore delayed informing the state police of the ongoing inappropriate relationship?

    The molestation occurred for almost the entire school year.

     
  • venangoenergy posted at 6:13 am on Fri, May 10, 2019.

    venangoenergy Posts: 5

    What was the reason the Titusville School Board cited to relieve the suspect from her duties on April 12, 2019?

    Why did her arrest take almost an entire month to occur after she was relieved from her teaching duties?

    The victim's mother was the source that contacted the state police, not the school board or any school district employees.

    Were there any members on the school board or employees of the Titusville School District that harbored a conflict of interest and therefore delayed informing the state police of the ongoing inappropriate relationship?

    The molestation occurred for almost the entire school year.

     

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