Former Teacher Gets Prison Time For Having Sex With Students
The former Bangor Area High School teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 17-year-old student was sentenced Friday to prison for five months in prison, according to The Morning Call. Rachel L. Farrell, of Palmer Township was accused of having sex with up to four teenage boys at the school, but pleaded guilty today to only one charge of corrupting a minor.
Farrell’s defense attorney had argued for probatio, but Judge Emil Giordano gave her prison time. The article states that Farrell agreed with her sentence. The boy, now 18, told police that Farrell was his 11th grade reading teacher at Bangor high School.
He said “he and Farrell had sexual intercourse numerous times at many different locations. Many times were in her car or his car parked in secluded locations,” according to the affidavit of probable cause. He said some “sex occurred in the WalMart parking lot on Rt. 248” and also at the Ramada Inn in Tannersville.
Farell had allegedly admitted to police on Dec. 16 that she had had sex with two 17-year-old boys from the school. She submitted her resignation at the same time. But in January, District Attorney John Morganelli said Farrell had affairs with up to four students, and had an extended relationship with at least one. Only one of the students cooperated with police, however, and the district attorney dropped additional charges involving the other boys.
The age of sexual consent in Pennsylvania is 16. But “corruption of minors” is when someone older than 18 corrupts the “morals” of anyone under 18