This week’s female teacher busted for having a bunch of sex with a 16-year-old male teenager is Maria C. Chappell.
Chappell, a 38-year-old English teacher at Jeannette High School in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, faces charges for having multiple bouts of sex with the student in her classroom, in her car and at a Holiday Inn Express & Suites, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The now-fired teacher taught English to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. She also taught a freshman course called “ethically speaking.”
Chappell, a married mother of two, rented a room at a local Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Feb. 29 — a Monday — for a tryst with the student, investigators say.
The star-crossed pair allegedly skipped school together for the Holiday Inn Express romp.
The student told cops that he and Chappell also had sex in her high school classroom and in her car at various locales in the area, court documents allege.
The doomed fling between Chappell and the teen began to unravel last month, the Tribune-Review reports, after Jeannette High principal Patricia Rozycki went to local police because “she had become suspicious due to some things that had been occurring at the school,” detective Randall Gardner explained in court documents.
Investigators say they have discovered the requisite sexually-charged texts between Chappell and the student.
On Friday, Chappell turned herself in on charges of sexual contact with a student, corruption of a minor and unlawful contact with a minor, according to Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI.
Bail was set at $50,000. The judge who set the bail prohibited Chappell from having any contact with the teen. She must stay 100 yards from him at all times.
Chappell’s attorney, Jeff Monzo, spoke highly of his client.
“She intends to address this. Her husband is here to address it,” Monzo told the judge, according to the Tribune-Review. “She’s been a wonderful contributing member of society.”
School district superintendent Matthew Hutcheson indicated that Chappell is no longer a member of the Jeannette High faculty.
Hutcheson promised “that all appropriate steps are being taken to address this situation and to avoid future situations” in an email to students and parents obtained by the Tribune-Review.
Chappell had taught in the Jeannette school district for 13 years.