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PA High School Teacher Caught in Sex Scandal with Male Student

When teachers become sexually involved with their students, the cultural assumption is to imagine a predatory male harassing a female student. But in the latest case, the gender roles have been turned on their heads. Early this November, 27-year-old high school gym teacher and cheerleading coach Nicole Kurowski turned herself over to local authorities to answer criminal charges after carrying on a relationship with one of her male students for nearly a year.

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Popular Coach Gets Triple Charge

It’s tempting to follow stereotypes when it comes to cases like this — most people immediately picture the predatory old man preying on a helpless young girl. But Nicole Kurowski hardly conforms to the stereotypical image of a high school teacher becoming sexually involved with a student. At 27 years old, Kurowski could almost be taken for a student herself — almost.

Earlier this month, the young gym teacher and cheerleading coach — allegedly a popular staff member at Tulpehocken Area High School in Bernville, PA — turned herself in to local authorities after a 10-month liaison with an unnamed 17-year-old male student. The relationship reportedly carried on through the 2012-2013 academic year. After Kurowski gave herself over to law enforcement, she was hit with a triple-charge of corruption of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, and institutional sexual assault.

In addition to Kurowski’s confession, physical evidence of the relationship is plentiful. With thousands of sexually explicit images and text messages dredged up from Kurowski’s home, the criminal attorneys prosecuting the case will hardly be challenged when it comes to providing proof. Some of the messages reportedly said, “I love you.”

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Shocked Reactions to Kurowski’s Case

Edward Albert is the Tulpehocken School District Superintendent. Albert was extremely alarmed when he first received the anonymous tip about Kurowski’s conduct. “I got the tip and I immediately got on the phone with the school board president and our solicitor,” Albert recounts. “I take this matter very seriously.”

The Tulpehocken Superintendent continues, “I think whenever you are in education and you are trying to work with kids and you see something like this happen, it is disheartening.” He goes on to add, “We are here as schools to educate kids. Period.”

Initially, Kurowski was put on leave with pay. However, as details about the shocking case continued to surface and the investigation drew toward its close, she was then suspended, without pay. “We suspended her with pay because we believe the investigation had to play itself out. So, that is what we did,” Albert explains. “Now that the investigation has played itself out, we are able to suspend without pay.”

Kurowski was eventually released from jail on $25,000 bail.

If you or someone you love is in need of a criminal defense attorney in Berks County or beyond, call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates today at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania. 



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