A suspended Tulpehocken High School physical education teacher and cheerleading coach waived a hearing today on charges she had a sexual relationship with a student.
Nicole Kurowski, 27, remained free to await further court action on charges of institutional sexual assault, corrupting a minor and related counts after her appearance before District Judge Thomas M. Gauby Sr. in Bern Township.
State police said Kurowski was in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student during the 2012-13 school year.
Troopers said a few instances of indecent contact occurred during school hours. Dr. Edward J. Albert, superintendent, said Kurowski has been suspended without pay. She was arrested Nov. 6.
Albert said he was made aware of the situation Sept. 2, when he received a tip from a person whom he would not identify.
He said he immediately contacted school board President Scott W. Klopp and district solicitor Brian Boland and later state police and District Attorney John T. Adams.
Investigators said they recovered text messages and pictures with the help of the district attorney’s Forensic Services Unit.
The text messages were analyzed and indicated that Kurowski and the student engaged in romantic conversations, some of which were sexually explicit, on a daily basis during and after school hours, troopers said.
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