Woman charged for alleged sexual relationship with student
A former student teacher at Jersey Shore Area Middle School turned herself in Thursday morning to face charges for allegedly having a year-long sexual relationship with one of her former students, a 14-year-old boy she taught in the spring of 2017, according to William Weber, Lycoming County’s chief detective.
Alexandria Kaluzny, of Salona, Clinton County, made no statements during her arraignment on seven felony charges, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children, corrupting the morals of a minor, sending obscene sexual materials to a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of cellphone and one misdemeanor count of indecent assault.
“She was the teen’s student teacher” in her final term before graduating from Mansfield University, Weber said, declining to say what subject Kaluzny taught.
“There was no sexual contact while she was his student teacher. The first sexual contact is alleged to have occurred in the summer of 2017,” after Kaluzny had completed her assignment at the school, Weber said.
The teacher and the teen, who is now 15, began exchanging messages on social media last summer, and then their relationship soon became sexual in nature, Weber alleged.
“They met on numerous occasions that summer and continued through this summer,” he said.
During this summer, the two engaged in sexual acts three times, once near the start of the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Jersey Shore and two other times behind a garage in the Jersey Shore area, Weber said.
Kaluzny and the teen had sexual encounters “in her vehicle and at other outdoor locations,” Weber said.
“A sexual relationship began in the summer of 2017 and continued through this summer, late August,” Weber said. It ended only after a member of the teen’s family went to authorities after suspecting that the teen and a former teacher were involved in an inappropriate relationship.
The family member was suspicious last year that the teen was involved in such a relationship. School officials confronted him about it, but the teen denied that “anything was going on,” Weber said in an affidavit.
During the last school year, Kaluzny served as a substitute teacher in the Bellefonte area, Weber said.
“I’m not aware that she was teaching this year,” he added.
Through his investigation, Weber found evidence that Kaluzny allegedly texted inappropriate sexual messages or images to the teen.
As recently as last month, Kaluzny allegedly sent the teen “a picture of herself showing sexual conduct,” Weber said in court papers.
“We feel very confident nothing happened while she was a student teacher at Jersey Shore Middle School. This all allegedly occurred after she left. The school district has been cooperative throughout the investigation,” Weber said.
In a statement released to the media, Kenneth J. Dady Jr., assistant superintendent for the Jersey Shore Area District, said, “During an investigation by law enforcement, it was determined that there was no inappropriate behavior while she she was a student teacher in our district.
“As per student teaching protocols, this individual was recommended to the district by Mansfield University. The individual also had appropriate clearances and was under the general supervision of district employees during her placement,” Dady said.
Following her arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Kaluzny was briefly committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail and then released on supervised bail.
The Geisinger Central Susquehanna Valley Advocacy Center assisted with the investigation, Weber said, adding that it is ongoing. Old Lycoming Township police also assisted with the investigation. WNEP provided a photo of Kaluzny to the Sun-Gazette.