Forty-year-old Upper Dublin High School teacher Cheryl Bremble was arrested Friday on charges of child endangerment, corruption of minors and related offenses.
A statement issued by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Dublin Police Chief Terrence Thompson said Bremble bought the girl expensive clothes and encouraged her during numerous text message conversations to use the sex device.
Upper Dublin School District superintendent Michael Pladus said Bremble was suspended and the district is cooperating with authorities.
Parents in Fort Washington are asking how the special education teacher was able to stay in the system.
"These kids are still learning," said Lisa Conard. "They are still growing and for a teacher to take advantage of that makes me very angry."
Police say it started in October 2010 when the two began spending time together outside of school, and went on until May 2011 when the teen came to her parents in tears.
Court documents say the teacher allegedly texted the girl saying that she, Bremble, was bisexual and thought the teen was "hot".
Bremble is accused of giving a vibrator to the girl at school and then texting, "Have u tried the present I gave u? Cause it's a good one."
"There's something in her past or maybe she just made a bad choice, but it is not right to do and she deserves to be caught," said Ian Snyder, an Upper Dublin H.S. student.
The Upper Dublin School District says it is cooperating with police and that "any allegation of improper communication or solicitation involving a member of our faculty and staff with a student will absolutely not be tolerated under any circumstances."
Bremble, who neighbors say has two children, did not come to the door of her Hatboro home.
"She seems like a nice person, always a quick wave. She jogs all the time, she works out," says neighbor Mark Radcliff.
"It's disturbing even if you're not a teacher," said neighbor Denise Buerger. "But if you're working with the kids every day, I mean who can you trust?"
Bremble is free on $25,000 unsecured bail. If convicted of all the charges, she could face more than 30 years in prison.