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Cumberland Valley teacher accused of sexual assault of student

emily nesbit

Emily Nesbit
2013 Cumberland Valley High yearbook

Former Cumberland Valley High School teacher Emily Nesbit is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Police charged her Friday with one felony count of institutional sexual assault. The student is 18; Nesbit is charged based on her position as a teacher, “without regard to age.”

Police say Nesbit admitted she performed a sex act on the student at the school last week. The student said they also kissed and held hands. They met in her classroom a couple of times a week after school.

“It kind of feels dirty a little bit,” says a student. “It feels weird knowing what went on in there.”

A female student alerted administrators after she saw sexual text messages on the student’s phone. Police say Nesbit and the student also exchanged photos in states of undress.

Rumors flew around the school and the superintendent says counselors are ready to talk to anyone who needs them.

“There are faculty members who are buzzing as well, and honestly, with the allegations, feeling betrayed,” says Cumberland Valley superintendent Frederick Withum.

Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed says it’s a reminder to parents that they should read their kids’ text messages and monitor online activity.

He says the student has a good support system.

“This is something he’s going to have to deal with and move on from,” says Freed. “And I think he’s in a good situation, has a good support system to do that.”

Nesbit turned herself in and was released on $100,000 bail.

She faces a maximum of 7 years in prison. She will be formally arraigned May 22nd.

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11 Comments to “Cumberland Valley teacher accused of sexual assault of student”

    Billinda Peach said:
    March 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    A Reminder to Parents to read text messages?! it is also a reminder to School Officials to over see the staff of teachers they hire! stop putting it on the parents! The school district hired this lady and didn't care enough to wonder why she was meeting with her students, or student a few days a week after school?! really?

    Mike said:
    March 14, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    He’s 18 and free to make his own choices. The location they chose was not appropriate and she should be fired, but this is not a crime. Get off our backs, government!

    Nancy said:
    March 14, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    What's he being charged with? Didn't he have pictures on his phone also? Isn't he an adult? I do believe it takes two to have sex. Also, monitoring your children's text messages will not stop them from doing what they want to do. What the schools need to do is have classes on how to be responsible on the internet. Once it's on there, it's on there FOREVER for EVERYONE and ANYONE to see whether it's a phone, tablet or a computer. Better yet, stop letting the kids bring their phones to school. They don't need them.

    18=adult said:
    March 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I don't think she should be charged with a sex crime. He's 18 and is an adult. Yes, they should have chosen another place to "get busy" but I don't think she should lose her teaching degree over this.

    otherguy said:
    March 15, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    How old is She?

    Morgan said:
    April 5, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    I love the following quote from the superintendent:

    “This is something he’s going to have to deal with and move on from,” says Freed. “And I think he’s in a good situation, has a good support system to do that.”

    They make it sound like he just went through some tragedy. He is a legal adult who had consensual sex. The guy is probably just fine.

    Also, tired of these teachers being totally crucified as if they raped someone. It’s one thing if the student was much younger. But when a teacher has sex with a 17 or 18 year old, give me a break parents. Your kid wasn’t taken advantage of- he probably enjoyed every minute of it. Can we stop policing legal adults for having consensual sex with each other and start putting our energy into punishing REAL criminals?

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