Fmr. Valley Forge counselor surrenders to police

January 5, 2012 8:26:30 AM PST
A former Valley Forge Military Academy counselor, accused of engaging in a sex act with one cadet and giving alcohol to others, has surrendered to police.

Symantha Hicks, 30, is now free on $20,000 unsecured bail. She waived her preliminary hearing on Thursday morning and will have a formal arraignment next month.

According to an affidavit, Hicks was interviewed on December 4th after officers were called to the school for a report of an assault.

On the scene, police talked to four cadets.

The first cadet, a 16-year-old, told police Hicks had been his counselor since he became a student in January, 2011. During an office visit during the week of October 31, the cadet told police Hicks kissed him and then performed oral sex on him.

The cadet then told police that, a few weeks later, Hicks texted him and said she was staying on campus because of an upcoming fishing trip. According to police, Hicks invited the cadet to stay with her in her room. However, the cadet said he declined the invitation.

Three other cadets, all 17, said Hicks supplied them with alcohol on multiple occasions.

Hicks has been charged with one count of Unlawful Contact with a Minor, eleven counts of Corruption of Minors, and ten counts of Selling or Furnishing Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages to Minors.