TITUSVILLE — Rochelle Cressman, a former Titusville middle school gym teacher, is scheduled to go on trial in Crawford County in November for the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy between September 2018 and April of this year.
Cressman, 32, of Franklin waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols on a total of 66 counts filed against her by Pennsylvania State Police in May.
By waiving her right to a hearing, Cressman automatically was ordered held for trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas. She’s scheduled to go on trial during the November term of criminal court.
While Cressman remains free on $75,000 bond as she awaits trial, Nicols ordered Cressman have no contact with anyone younger than age 18 as part of her continuation on bond. Nicols previously had ordered Cressman have no contact with the victim or his family.
Cressman is charged by state police with 23 felonies — 10 counts each of statutory sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16 years old; and one count each of unlawful contact with a minor — sexual offenses, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.
Cressman also is charged with 43 misdemeanor charges — 42 counts of indecent assault of a person younger than 16 years old and one count of terroristic threats.
According to the arrest affidavit state police filed in the case, Cressman initiated a sexual relationship with the boy on Sept. 13, 2018, which continued until mid-April of this year.
The trysts between Cressman and the boy occurred at Cressman’s then-Spring Creek Road residence in Oil Creek Township as well as at a North Martin Street residence in Titusville, the affidavit said.
State police were notified of an investigation by Crawford County Children and Youth Services that began after the boy told his mother what had been going on and the mother contacted authorities, according to a press release from police.
According to the affidavit, the boy told authorities that during the 2018-19 school year he and Cressman met for multiple sex acts approximately twice a week. The boy also said Cressman repeatedly warned him not to tell anyone of their encounters, saying she would harm him and herself if they were discovered, according to the affidavit.
In addition to interviews with the boy, police cited cellphone messages as part of the evidence against Cressman.
Cressman’s biography is no longer listed with the online staff directory of Titusville Middle School, but a previous version of the website described her as a married health and physical education teacher hired by the Titusville Area School District in 2009.
A statement from Titusville Area School District following Cressman's arrest on May 8 said Cressman had not worked for the district since April 12.
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