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Charges against Clinton County teacher advance

LOCK HAVEN — Cole G. Black, 27, of 287 S. Jones St., Lock Haven, accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old student while a teacher in the Keystone Central School District in November 2018, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for court on Tuesday in Clinton County Court.

During the proceedings, District Judge Keith Kibler modified Black’s bail forbidding him from traveling outside the state of Pennsylvania without approval from his probation officer.

Black is charged by Lock Haven City Police with rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault. He was arraigned Aug. 21 and released on $10,000 bail.

A teacher in Keystone Central School District at Bucktail High School and Central Mountain Middle School, Black was also girls’ soccer coach at Central Mountain High School.

He is alleged to have had sexual contact with a 17-year-old student at his home on Nov. 24 and 25, 2018, while he was a teacher in the Keystone Central School District.

According to the affidavit of probable cause:

On March 29 at about 4:04 p.m. Lock Haven City Police Detective Richard Simpson received information from Clinton County Detective James Edwards stating there was an alleged sexual assault involving a 17-year-old student and a teacher in which there was sexual activity on South Jones Street.

Keystone Central Director of Human Resources Mark Condo was interviewed on April 3, 2019 and said he had a Childline report that referred to texts between a student and a teacher. Condo also reported that on March 27, 2019, Athletic Director George Bidwell was told by another teacher, Jeffrey Brinker, that some students said that a soccer coach had sexual relations with a female in Keystone Central. The teacher was Cole Black and the alleged sexual act occurred at Black’s residence at 287 S. Jones St., in Lock Haven.

On April 9, Simpson interviewed the student. She said Black follows all of the students on Instagram and would make comments on how she looked pretty and openly commented on selfies that she posted on Instagram, stating that she was beautiful. She said Black would make those same comments to other girls as well.

The student said toward the end of 2018 she started receiving messages from Black on Instagram. She said on a Friday night in November 2018, she contacted Black and told him she was staying with a friend that night. She received messages that night from Black about how she should meet with him and “catch up.” She said where she was and agreed to be picked up by Black later that evening. She was picked up at about 9 p.m. in an orange-colored truck driven by Black and he drove her to his house, which she described.

The alleged victim also described the inside of the house and furnishings.

Shortly after she arrived at Black’s house, she said her cellphone battery had died and she was unable to contact her friend to come and pick her up. As she and Black talked, she said she kept hinting that she wanted to leave but couldn’t because her phone was dead.

She said there was physical contact and Black would continuously try to get closer to her and at one point he tried to kiss her. She said she told Black that she did not want to proceed because she knew that he’s a teacher. She again said she was unable to contact her friend to pick her up and at that time Black kissed her on the lips.

The two went upstairs to the bedroom, she told police, saying she “felt powerless” and that Black undressed before the two had intercourse. She went on to describe what happened in detail to police in the bedroom.