A teacher allegedly raped a 16-year-old student in a room at a western Pennsylvania high school in 2012.
Fox News reports that Todd McCullough, a 28-year-old industrial arts teacher at Saltsburg High School, was arraigned Thursday on rape and related charges in connection to the April 2012 incident that state police say occurred in a back room near the shop where McCullough taught.
However, police reportedly just learned of the alleged assault last week after another student told school officials she was hearing rumors that she was “next on the list” of the teacher’s potential targets, Trooper John Matchik said.
Troopers from the Indiana, Pa., barracks consider the investigation "intense and ongoing," according to ABC News.
"This could be the initial phase of a significant investigation, and we won't rule out the possibility of additional charges or additional victims," Matchik stated.
An investigation revealed that the teacher had been physically touching the girl’s hips and shoulders for years and often commented on her looks. McCullough apparently exposed himself to the girl in a back room near the shop where he taught. The girl was able to get away and shortly after the teacher allegedly apologized to her. Then a few days after that, the teacher asked the girl to stay after class before raping her in the back room, Matchik said.
Fox News also reports that a statement on the school district’s website reads:
“At the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District, we believe that the safety and welfare of our students is of the utmost importance. The administration of the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District has conducted an internal investigation of a professional employee of the district and believes the employee has violated the policies of the district as well as the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The district administration has worked closely with the Pennsylvania State Police in this matter. The district will cooperate fully with the Pennsylvania State Police and any and all criminal investigations.”
McCullough is currently in jail and is due in court on Nov. 13 for a preliminary hearing.