Teacher to stand trial for sex with student

A former teach­er at a May­fair pub­lic grade school has been ordered to stand tri­al for al­legedly en­ga­ging her 14-year-old stu­dent in nu­mer­ous sexu­al en­coun­ters last March and April.

Stephanie M. Am­ato, 30, of the North­east, re­mains free on $125,000 bail pending an Aug. 15 ar­raign­ment in Com­mon Pleas Court. She is charged with in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sexu­al in­ter­course/for­cible com­pul­sion, un­law­ful con­tact with a minor, stat­utory sexu­al as­sault, en­dan­ger­ing a child, cor­rupt­ing a minor, in­de­cent ex­pos­ure, in­de­cent as­sault and hav­ing sex with a stu­dent as a teach­er. Fol­low­ing a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing last Fri­day, Fam­ily Court Judge Al­lan L. Tereshko dis­missed a charge of in­ter­fer­ing with the cus­tody of a child.

Am­ato was sus­pen­ded from Eth­an Al­len School, 6329 Bat­tersby St., without pay in June after the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia learned of al­leg­a­tions against her. The vic­tim’s fath­er re­portedly learned of the al­leged sexu­al en­coun­ters, re­moved his son from Al­len and no­ti­fied au­thor­it­ies. The school dis­trict no­ti­fied oth­er par­ents of the al­leg­a­tions in a June 4 let­ter. Am­ato had been a teach­er for six years.

Dur­ing the court hear­ing, the lone known vic­tim test­i­fied that he and Am­ato had sex more than 10 times in her par­ents’ North­east home, in her car and in a park on week­ends and school days, of­ten late at night, ac­cord­ing to The In­quirer. The vic­tim fur­ther test­i­fied that Am­ato served him wine from a li­quor cab­in­et in her par­ents’ home. ••

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