Teacher, NE mother arrested for sex with student

Erica Ann Gin­netti

A North­east moth­er of three who taught math at Lower Mo­re­land High School se­duced and had sex with a 17-year-old stu­dent last year, ac­cord­ing to felony charges filed on Fri­day by the Mont­gomery County dis­trict at­tor­ney.

Erica Ann Gin­netti, 33, of the 3400 block of Ashville St. in Holmes­burg, is ac­cused of one count of in­sti­tu­tion­al sexu­al as­sault and five counts of dis­sem­in­at­ing ob­scene ma­ter­i­als to a minor, along with sev­en mis­de­mean­or counts of cor­rupt­ing a minor. She has con­fessed to the in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship, au­thor­it­ies claim.

Ac­cord­ing to a crim­in­al com­plaint pre­pared by Lower Mo­re­land Town­ship po­lice, Gin­netti made first con­tact with the boy last May when he at­ten­ded his school’s seni­or prom and Gin­netti was a chap­er­one. Gin­netti gave her per­son­al phone num­ber to the youth and asked him “to come work out at her gym,” the com­plaint states, cit­ing the boy’s ac­count of events.

Over the next few months, Gin­netti al­legedly groomed the boy by send­ing him sug­gest­ive and sexu­ally ex­pli­cit pho­tos and videos of her­self as well as sexu­ally charged text mes­sages. The vari­ous im­ages showed the teach­er in a bikini, un­der­wear, workout clothes and a thong, while two videos showed her un­dress­ing and “play­ing with her­self,” au­thor­it­ies al­lege.

Last Ju­ly, the teach­er and stu­dent, who lives in Lower Mo­re­land and still at­tends the same school, agreed to meet at the Star­bucks at Roosevelt Boulevard and Red Li­on Road in the North­east, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. The boy told in­vest­ig­at­ors that he got in­to Gin­netti’s car, and the two drove around for about 30 minutes be­fore they parked in an in­dus­tri­al area near the bor­der between Phil­adelphia and Lower Mo­re­land and had sexu­al in­ter­course.

Po­lice al­legedly re­covered mes­sages from the boy’s phone cor­rob­or­at­ing the tryst, in­clud­ing one ref­er­en­cing a used con­dom that had been left in the wo­man’s white Nis­san Al­tima. In an­oth­er text after the en­counter, Gin­netti al­legedly asked the boy to “do it again.”

Po­lice began in­vest­ig­at­ing the case on Jan. 15 after a re­cent Lower Mo­re­land High gradu­ate re­por­ted over­hear­ing a young­er sib­ling’s friends dis­cuss­ing racy pho­tos that a teach­er had sent to a stu­dent. Po­lice in­ter­viewed mul­tiple stu­dents and even­tu­ally iden­ti­fied the vic­tim by name. The teen ad­mit­ted his in­volve­ment in a sexu­al re­la­tion­ship with Gin­netti.

Gin­netti was ar­raigned on Fri­day in Wil­low Grove and re­leased on $50,000 un­se­cured bail. As a con­di­tion of re­lease, she may not have con­tact with chil­dren oth­er than her own three kids, ages 8 to 14. The Mont­gomery County dis­trict at­tor­ney did not spe­cify what type of sen­tence Gin­netti may face if she is con­victed.

Dr. Marykay Fee­ley, the Lower Mo­re­land School Dis­trict su­per­in­tend­ent, in­formed school par­ents of the al­leg­a­tions in a let­ter is­sued on Fri­day. The dis­trict placed the ac­cused teach­er on ad­min­is­trat­ive leave upon learn­ing of the al­leg­a­tions and is “mov­ing swiftly to ter­min­ate her em­ploy­ment,” ac­cord­ing to the let­ter. The let­ter did not identi­fy Gin­netti by name.

A page con­tain­ing pro­fes­sion­al in­form­a­tion about Gin­netti had been re­moved from pub­lic view on the dis­trict’s web­site by Fri­day af­ter­noon. The page re­portedly iden­ti­fied Gin­netti as a teach­er of ad­vanced place­ment courses in cal­cu­lus and stat­ist­ics, as well as hon­ors al­gebra. ••

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