NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> A former Council Rock High School North mathematics teacher is under arrest and facing charges for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old high school student from the school.
Newtown Township Police alleged that Jesse Vincent Oberto engaged in a sexual relationship and had inappropriate communications with the female student from 2015 through 2016.
Oberto has been charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor.
He was arrested and arraigned before Newtown area District Justice Mick Petrucci on July 6. Bail was set at $100,000 unsecured.
Police said they learned about the allegations from Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency which received a report from ChildLine, a 24-hour Pennsylvania Hotline. The hotline receives reports statewide of suspected child abuse/neglect from professional and community sources and passes them on to an appropriate county agency.
In a district-wide email sent out on July 6, Council Rock Superintendent Dr. Robert Fraser said the district was not notified or was aware of the alleged relationship between Oberto and the student until June of this year when authorities contacted the district and asked for its cooperation with the investigation.
“Council Rock has cooperated fully with local police and will continue to do so,” wrote Fraser. “Our students’ safety and welfare is our highest priority and we are shocked and disturbed to learn of these allegations.”
According to Fraser's district-wide email, Oberto worked as a teacher for the school district from August 2003 through September 2015.
According to Fraser, all district employees have current state and federal background checks, including child abuse clearances.
“We believe that our current policies and procedures are designed to prevent harm to students and to enable swift action when we learn that there has been a violation of law, policy or ethical obligation,” he wrote.
The district is offering counseling to any parent or student who needs to talk about the matter, according to Fraser. For information and to arrange a session, contact Dr. Charles Lambert, Director of Special Services, at email@example.com or 215-944-1062.