Sun, 22 Dec 2013 17:30:01 GMT
According to the Times-Leader
, Lauren Harrington-Cooper, a ninth-grade English teacher at the school, told the victim's sister she thought he was 'hot.'
A married Pennsylvania high school teacher has been arrested for having sexual relations with a male student.
The arrest came after the alleged victim's parents found a sexually explicit conversation on a laptop between 31-year-old Lauren Harrington-Cooper and the boy.
The parents went to Wyoming Valley West High School and informed the principal of the material Thursday and Harrington-Cooper, of Plymouth, was arraigned that night on a single count of institutional sexual assault.
Lauren Harrington-Cooper (pictured with her husband) is a married high school teacher
Harrington-Cooper's husband runs a dance academy and she is a sometime dance instructor
The boy obtained Harrington-Cooper's phone number from his sister and the pair exchanged text messages.
They agreed to meet up and Harrington-Cooper picked the boy up near his home several times during which they had sex and Harrington-Cooper performed oral sex on the boy in the car.
The alleged incidents occurred beginning December 13.
According to the Times-Leader, Harrington-Cooper admitted having sexual relations with the boy, whom she knew was a high school senior to investigators.
Harrington-Cooper is married to Raphael Cooper, owner of Cooper Dance Academy.
On December 19, he told the school's students and their parents that classes were cancelled due to 'a family emergency' via Facebook.
Later that evening, he wrote: 'After the holiday, I , Raphael Cooper will address all of the members of our studio as to our future. Please keep everyone in our family in your prayers as we confront the days ahead.'
According to the Times-Leader, Harrington-Cooper has been placed under medical supervision after attempting to harm herself.
She was released on $25,000 bail and advised by District Judge Martin Kane that if she does not attend her preliminary hearing on December 26, she will be incarcerated.
According to the Citizen's Voice
, Harrington-Cooper graduated from the University of Scranton in 2005. In addition to being a high school teacher, she teaches dance at Body Language Studios in Kingston.
School officials have not yet commented on the scandal.
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