Former Shamokin Area teacher's aide waives hearing in sex case
SHAMOKIN - A former teacher's aide at Shamokin Area Middle-High School charged with three felony counts of institutional sexual assault waived her right to a preliminary hearing and an attorney Tuesday and was ordered to appear for plea court June 23 in the Court of Common Pleas, Sunbury.
Amanda Dreher, 28, formerly of 1761 Tioga St., Coal Township, will have the opportunity to plead guilty or no contest, or take her case to trial by pleading not guilty.
Dreher told Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III she is in the process of getting a divorce and currently resides with her grandmother at 1655 Webster St., Coal Township, after previously living on Tioga Street, which is the address she provided police at her arraignment Thursday.
Dreher, who remains free on $5,000 recognizance bail, is charged by Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan with having sex with an 18-year-old male student in the school three times between the beginning of January and the end of February.
The maximum penalty for each offense is seven years and/or $15,000 fine.
Dreher resigned from her teacher's aide position in April. She had held the position for approximately one year.
According to a criminal complaint, Dreher is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with the student, who was not identified by police. The victim, who is a senior, told police two of the sexual encounters occurred in the boys' locker room at the swimming pool.
Brennan said the investigation began March 19 when he was contacted by Shamokin Area Middle-High School Principal Chris Venna about allegations of inappropriate contact between Dreher and the student.