A former Dauphin County teacher is facing a probation sentence and possible labeling as a sex predator after pleading guilty Monday to charges that she had sex repeatedly with one of her students.
Alicia P. Hall, 28, of Syracuse, N.Y., entered her pleas to institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors charges before county Judge Deborah Essis Curcillo.
Under a plea deal accepted by the judge, Hall will be sentenced to 5 years of probation, Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack said.
McCormack said Hall also must be evaluated to determine if she should be deemed a sexually violent predator, a designation that would require her to register for life with police, who would also tell her neighbors she is a sex offender.
At the least, her convictions will require Hall to register for 25 years as a sex offender, McCormack said.
Hall was charged with having sex with one of her 17-year-old male students at the Yellow Breeches Educational Center, an educational facility for children with emotional problems. Police said the encounters occurred from February to June 2012.
McCormack said the boy eventually told school officials that he and Hall had been having sex. Police said the director for the West Hanover Township branch of the center – which also has facilities in Cumberland and Lebanon counties – contacted police in September 2012.
According to arrest papers, the student told police Hall began by flirting with him in class, and that she eventually asked for his phone number. The two met for sex several times at a Harrisburg-area motel and during a school trip to Delaware, police said.
Investigators said they were able to find motel rental and phone records to verify the student’s accusations. Hall was arrested in August 2013.
As she entered her guilty pleas, McCormack explained to Hall that her crimes will prevent her from teaching again and will sharply restrict her access to children and her use of the internet.
Hall told Curcillo she is now working on a farm in New York. The judge scheduled her sentencing for December, after the state sex offender evaluation is completed.