By: Krystle Crossman
Stephanie Amato of Philadelphia, PA is a special education 8th grade teacher. Parents put their trust in her and believe that she will help their children to succeed in school. They probably never expected that she would develop a very illegal relationship with one of her students.
Amato is 30 years old. The student that she was having an affair with is 14 years old. Although police have determined that the relationship was consensual, it is still against the law in Pennsylvania. They had found that Amato and the student had been sending inappropriate text messages to each other. They also found that she knew that what she was doing was wrong because she made the student promise to tell. In March and April Amato and the student had more than 10 encounters that took place in her car and her home.
The student’s parent said that his son is not the same since this all came to light. He is ashamed and does not want to go back to school because of what the other kids would think. The father says that he wants justice because Amato took away his son’s youth.
Amato turned herself in today to the Philadelphia police but not before posting photos on her Facebook page of her hanging out with her students the previous night. Other parents in the school are shocked and disgusted that a teacher would use their place of authority to take advantage, especially since she is a special education teacher. All of the parents in the school were given a letter that stated that Amato had been arrested.
She faces multiple charges which include indecent exposure, statutory s*xual assault, involuntary deviate s*xual interc0urse, endangering the welfare of a child, interference with custody of children, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of a minor.