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UPDATE: Lower Moreland High School Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student

Erica Ann Ginnetti, a math teacher at the school, allegedly had a sexual relationship with a male student.

Erica Ann Ginnetti (Photo courtesy of the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office)
Erica Ann Ginnetti (Photo courtesy of the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office)
A math teacher at Lower Moreland High School faces criminal charges after having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, authorities said. 

Erica Ann Ginnetti, 33, is charged with institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and disseminating obscene materials to a minor.

Mongomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Lower Moreland Police Chief Peter C. Hasson provided this version of the events that led to Ginnetti's arrest: 

On Jan. 15, 2014, Lower Moreland police received a report that a teacher at the high school was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student at the school. An investigation revealed that Ginnetti had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male, authorities said. 

Ginnetti, of Philadelphia, sent the victim sexually explicit photos and videos of herself, and had sex with him one time, according to Ferman and Hasson. 

The relationship between Ginnetti and the student began in May 2013, when Ginnetti approached him at the high school's senior prom and asked if he would come work out at her gym. A few days later, the teen emailed Ginnetti, asking for her phone number. She provided her cell-phone number, and she and the teen started communicating daily. 

Over the next several months, Ginnetti sent the victim a series of sexually explicit text messages. The text included videos of Ginnetti undressing and performing sex acts on herself , as well as several sexually suggestive photos of herself in her underwear and in a bikini, according to Ferman and Hasson. 

In July 2013, Ginnetti and the teen met at a coffee shop in Northeast Philadelphia. Ginnetti then drove the alleged victim to a nearby industrial park on the border of Lower Moreland and Philadelphia, where they had sex, authorities said. Ginnetti later drove the teen back to the coffee shop, and asked him not to tell anyone about the encounter. 

Ginnetti was arraigned Friday before Magisterial District Court Judge Jay Friedenburg in Willow Grove. Bail was set at $50,000, with the further conditions that Ginnetti surrender her passport; have no contact with the victim; have no contact with minors other than her own children; and be placed on GPS monitoring.

A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 14. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sophia Polites.

Click on the YouTube link above to see video of Erica Ginnetti performing during a dance show at the high school in 2012. 


tom blair January 25, 2014 at 08:17 AM
You have to be kidding me??! Ms. Ferman - are you serious? The teach (shown in the video) had consensual sex with a 17 year old and you want to send her to jail??? If I was that 17 year old I'd be walking on a cloud! Who is the victim here? Who is going to testify against the teacher? Oh my God - decent people are being murdered on the streets and you are arresting this charming, vibrant, intelligent (not to mention gorgeous) lady for this. You Democrats are a menace to all that is human, fun and nature-al.
mike obrian January 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Lucky kid! Where was this teacher when I was a senior? Nothing wrong with this at all.
Al Su January 26, 2014 at 08:56 AM
@Lisa Leomporra-Whelan: Let's ask the "17 y.o. victim": did he suffer from such an "abuse"? Does he consider himself as a victim???? I don't know how vast your sexual experience is, but as a male I can assure you - you can't force the erection! IMO, the charges should be dropped due to the case's stupidity.
WeThePeople01 January 27, 2014 at 03:43 PM
More importantly, I just realized Peter Brigg is not the Principal at Pine road this year? What gives? Who let him walk?! That guy was fantastic from what I heard. Just when you think they righted the ship.
Mick Jones January 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Spoken like true enablers of this behavior, or someone who has probably done the same. Let me explain it with an analogy. If smoking pot becomes legal in a state, then there are always restrictions on usages. Meaning, smoking pot in your home is ok. But, if you go bring high school kids to your home/car, smoke pot with them, text about doing this, make videos of doing this with them, and encourage them to do it more....This is a crime. Saying, "Well I smoked pot when I was 17", or "the kid is almost 18" is a STUPID defense. Schools are "protected" from legal or illegal activities that may interrupt with the effective operations of the school. A teacher encouraging a high school kid to defy his parents, the law, having sex with them, and making videos of these activities is a FELONY.

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