DA: Fmr. Pa. teacher had inappropriate relationship with student

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A former Berks County teacher is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Stephanie Luckey, 37, surrendered to authorities Tuesday. She is charged with unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors.

Luckey worked as an English teacher at Muhlenberg High School at the time of the incidents, the district attorney's office said.

Police say she created a private Twitter account so that she could communicate directly with the student.

The conversations, detectives said, evolved to become sexual in nature, with Luckey sending him as many as 10 partially nude and nude photos of herself.
Luckey, detectives said, also sent the student a sexually explicit video of herself. The student also told investigators that he and Luckey would kiss in her classroom after school.

Officials from the Berks County DAs office say cases like these, involving an educator, are always that much more disturbing.

"When it does happen and it happens more than once it is disappointing because it besmirches an honorable profession," said Berks County Chief Deputy D.A. Jonathan Kurland.

One of Luckey's former students says she was actually a very good teacher.

"She always helped out with anything you needed. If you had a question she was always right there to help," said Daniel Breiding.

Other students we spoke with are still having a hard time comprehending the story.

"I think it's a little gross and, awkward, that a teacher would do that," said Austin Broad.

"It's kind of stupid, shouldn't have done it. Everybody kind of thinks that," said Dylan Yob.

Authorities first learned about this case after an anonymous caller contacted the Berks County tip line this past June.

Luckey resigned a few weeks later, but superintendent Dr. Joseph Macharola said, either way, it was just a matter of time before she was fired.

"There is absolutely no place in public education or any organization where the employee's trust and integrity is compromised by deplorable judgement while engaging with children or young adults. We will not tolerate such predatory contact," Macharola said.

Luckey is free on $25,000 bail.
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