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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 5:00 am

A preliminary hearing for Rochelle Cressman that was supposed to occur Thursday morning was rescheduled to late June.

According to staff at the office of Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols, of Titusville, the state trooper involved in the case was not able to be present for the originally scheduled hearing, which was set for 10 a.m. on Thursday. Instead, the hearing will take place on June 25, at 1:30 p.m.

Cressman is accused of statutory rape of a 14-year-old boy resulting from a roughly eight month sexual relationship, which reportedly lasted from Sept. 13, 2018, to April 18 of this year.

Police were alerted to the relationship through the victim’s mother. An interview with the boy was subsequently performed, during which the victim reportedly told police that Cressman had sex with him at least 10 times, and also performed other sexual acts.

Cressman was a physical education teacher at Titusville Middle School, and previously served the same role at the high school. Superintendent Karen Jez told The Herald that Cressman had not served any duties within the district since April 12. Cressman’s resignation from the district was accepted at Monday’s school board meeting.

The now-former teacher was hired to the district in 2009. She is facing several felony and misdemeanor charges, including 10 counts of statutory sexual assault and 42 counts of indecent assault. If convicted of all of her charges, Cressman could face a combined maximum possible sentence of 523 years imprisonment and fines totaling $775,000.

Cressman was released from Crawford County Correctional Facility on May 13 after paying a non-monetary condition bond of $75,000 through a professional bondsman.

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

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2 comments:

  • Jahoba posted at 6:54 am on Tue, May 28, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 240

    Those are very good questions. I would also suggest that this incident may not have gone on as long as it did if there were more police officers . In fact, it may not have happened at all if there was a stronger police presence in the schools.

     
  • venangoenergy posted at 6:13 am on Sat, May 25, 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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