April 21, 2016
A teacher's aide and coach at Conestoga High School has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.
Christine Towers, 26, of Phoenixville, Chester County, was charged Thursday with institutional sexual assault, child endangerment and corruption of minors, according to court documents.
Towers worked as a teacher's aide from September 2014 through February 2016, according to the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.
Throughout the current school year, Towers coached junior varsity girls soccer, ninth grade girls basketball and junior varsity softball. She previously coached girls soccer and track and field at Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School.
The district has no information that Towers was "inappropriately involved" with any athletes, Superintendent Richard Gusick wrote in a letter to parents.
"As of April 19, Ms. Towers no longer works in any capacity in the T/E School District," Gusick wrote. "When Ms. Towers was hired by the District, she had no prior criminal history record, and she resigned from all positions before the District was informed of any investigation or charges."
Towers allegedly had sexual intercourse four times with the student between March 17 and April 17, according to an affidavit of probable cause written by the Chester County Detectives Office. She also allegedly urged the victim not to reveal their sexual relationship to police.
Towers was released after posting 10 percent of $50,000 cash bail, court documents show.
The arrest of Towers is the latest in a string of unrelated criminal allegations brought against teachers, coaches and students within the district.
In November, four middle school boys were charged for their involvement in a sexting and cyberbullying scandal.