Archbishop Carroll music teacher appears in court on charges he sexually assaulted student

ByGeorge Solis WPVI logo
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
High school teacher appears in court on sexual assault charges
High school teacher appears in court on sexual assault charges. George Solis has more on Action News at 5 p.m. on May 1, 2019.

RADNOR, Pa. (WPVI) -- A Main Line high school music teacher, who has been charged with sexual contact with a student, appeared in front of a judge Wednesday morning.

Jeremiah Triplett, 30, of the 1400 block of Limeklin Pike in Dresher, appeared before Magisterial District Justice Leon Hunter on multiple charges including selling liquor to a minor, endangering the welfare of children and unlawful contact with a minor.

Triplett said nothing as he arrived and left court.

Once in front of the judge, Triplett only softly answering "yes" to questions related to the charges and conditions of his release post bond.

The judge setting that bond at 10% of $200,000.

Triplett was also ordered to avoid communicating with the alleged victims, avoid contact with minors unless under the supervision of an adult 21 years of age or older, banned from Archbishop Carroll High School and had to surrender his passport.

After his arraignment, Triplett's attorney, Brian McVan made a quick statement to reporters.

"Sad and difficult day for everybody that's involved, we don't have any further comment. We'll certainly study the evidence and may something later," McVan said.

Jeremiah Triplett, right, walks into court for a preliminary hearing, May 1, 2019

The Radnor Police Department said they received information in March regarding possible sexual contact between a male teacher at Archbishop Carroll High School and a juvenile female student.

Detectives said an investigation revealed that during the school year, Triplett, a music teacher at the high school, gave THC laced edibles, including brownies and Nutella crackers, along with gummy bears laced with CBD oil to two students.

Authorities said Triplett would bring plastic bags of brownies and shopping bags full of mini-liquor bottles to school, to share with the two juveniles.

According to police Triplett also vaped nicotine products with the juveniles, blowing the smoke into one another's mouths, and that during these contacts, Triplett also kissed the female victim and grabbed her buttocks, telling her he could not wait until she turned 18 years old.

"Jeremiah Triplett used his position of trust and authority as a teacher to prey on students and endangered their health by providing them with THC infused food," said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland.

She also commented the victims for the courage in coming forward allowing for the prosecution to move forward.

"I can't imagine a more offensive situation, how does a teacher engage in that kind of conduct?" Copeland said.

Authorities say their investigation is ongoing.

Archdiocese officials say Triplett also remains on administrative leave at Archbishop Carroll pending the conclusion of the investigation.