Ex-Titusville Teacher Accused of Having Sex with 14-Year-Old Boy

| May 9, 2019

CRAWFORD CO., Pa. (EYT) – A former Titusville teacher has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of statutory sexual assault and other related charges after it was discovered that she allegedly had an intimate relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

(Photo courtesy Crawford County Jail via Erie News Now.)

Corry-based State Police say an investigation was initiated after they were contacted in relation to allegations that 32-year-old Rochelle Lee Cressman, of Titusville, was involved in an intimate relationship with a known 14-year-old male. The alleged relationship was reported by the victim’s mother, who learned about the relationship from the victim.

According to police, upon further investigation and interviews, it was related that the victim and Cressman had been in an intimate relationship which began on approximately September 13, 2018, and ended around April 18, 2019.

Police say the victim was interviewed and related he had sexual intercourse with Cressman at least ten times and also had additional sexual encounters with Cressman.

According to Erie News Now, the Superintendent of Titusville Area School District confirmed that Cressman was previously employed as a middle school health and physical education teacher, but has not worked at the school since April 12. She began employment with the district in 2009.

The superintendent stated the district is cooperating with the investigation, and the district’s student assistance team is available for students or parents who have concerns.

Based on the victim interview and other evidence, including cell phone messages, charges were filed against Cressman on Wednesday, May 8, at the recommendation of the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

Court documents indicate Cressman was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Rita J. Marwood at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, on the following charges:

  • Statutory Sexual Assault: 11 Years Older, Felony 1 (ten counts)
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Person Less Than 16 Years Age, Felony 1 (ten counts)
  • Unlawful Contact With Minor – Sexual Offenses, Felony 1
  • Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 3
  • Corruption of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3
  • Terroristic Threats With Intent to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
  • Indecent Assault Person Less Than 16 Years Age, Misdemeanor 2 (42 counts)

Unable to post $75,000.00 monetary bail, Cressman was lodged in the Crawford County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, with Magisterial District Judge Amy L. Nicols presiding.


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