Stephanie Amato, a 30-year-old special education teacher, turned herself in to police after being accused of having sex several times with one of the 14-year-old boys she taught at Ethan Allen Elementary School in Philadelphia.
According to police, the boy received special education services at school. Amato posted 10 percent of her $125,000 bail early Thursday morning and has been released.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. She Posted Photos With her Students to Her Facebook Page
Amato posted photos of her and her students to her Facebook page as recently as Tuesday, with captions that read “Fun with these kids!” and “My fav students.” The photo below shows Amato driving four of her students, all of whom are tagged, with one of the boys commenting on the picture saying, “get me tomorrow.”
2. Officials Say She Had Sex With the Boy in Her Car and Home
NBC 10 reports Amato said she started having “consensual” sex with her 14-year-old student in March. Cops say the boy told his school counselor that he and Amato had sex several times in her car and at her home between March and April of this year.
According to ABC 6, Amato and the boy exchanged sexually explicit text messages and she told the boy not to tell anyone.
3. She’s Facing Eight Different Criminal Charges
According to court records, Amato faces eight different charges, including statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent exposure and corruption of a minor. Her bail was posted by a woman named Diane Amato.
You can view the court documents here:
4. The Boy Is too Embarrassed to Go to School
I was very upset. She took my kid’s youth and I really want justice to take care of this woman. … He’s not doing too well, he doesn’t want to go to school. He feels humiliated, since that happened he changed.
5. She’s Been Suspended Without Pay
According to CBS Philly, Amato has been suspended from Ethan Allen Elementary without pay. Statements from the Philadelphia School District indicate Amato was only sexually involved with one student. The school principal released a statement Wednesday saying Amato was not arrested on school grounds.