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Married Teacher and Mother of Three Faces 14 Years in Prison After Admitting Having Sex With Student She Met While Chaperoning Prom

December 4, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Another teacher has been implicated in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

A Pennsylvania high school math teacher admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old student and sending him implicit text messages and videos.

Erica Ginnetti, 34, who is married and a mother three children from Philadelphia, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in court to institutional sexual assault and disseminating sexually explicit materials to a minor.

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Ginnetti remains out on bail. She could faces a prison sentence of seven to 14 years when she is sentenced.

Her job was terminated by Lower Moreland Township School District after her arrest in January.

Investigators say Ginnetti, who taught math and calculus, first met the student in May 2013 as she chaperoned the senior prom and extended an invitation for him to come work out at her gym.

Days later the 17-year-old student sent Ginnetti a text message, and the two began corresponding daily.

According to court documents, Ginnetti admits that over the next several months, she sent the minor inappropriate text messages, photos depicting her wearing bikini, a thong and other underwear, and videos showing the woman undressing suggestively and masterbating, according to The Bucks County Courier Times.

Authorities say the relationship turned sexual in July 2013 after Ginnetti and the student met at a Starbucks, then drove to a nearby industrial park and had sex in her car.

Afterwards, she dropped him off and told him not to tell anyone about the encounter.

An investigation began after police received an anonymous tip that students were heard talking about X-rated pictures of the student and Ginnetti engaging in sexual activity.

Police questioned the teen, who then admitted to the sexual affair, Ginnetti also admitted to having a relationship with the student, police said.

I would say that she treated her relationship with this student as she would have treated a relationship with an adult with whom she was involved,’ Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman told The Mercury News in January.
According to the court documents, police discovered several texts messages showing both discussing their July encounter, with one even saying that “a used condom had been left in Giannetti’s car.”

The student told police after their sexual romp, the boy returned home, he received a text from Ginnetti wanting to ‘do it again.’

Ginnetti posted $50,000 bail in January. Ginnetti was not allowed to have any unsupervised contact with minors, with the exception of her own children, who are ages 8, 11 and 14.

She was ordered to forfeit her passport, and have a GPS tracking device installed as part of the conditions of her bail.

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