Teacher Charged With Sexual Misconduct With Child
"A middle school teacher is accused of sexual misconduct with a seven-year-old child. According to court records, Stephen Sullivan, 51, has been charged with indecent assault, corruption of a minor, and child pornography.
Police said the abuse happened inside Sullivan's apartment in Bath, Northampton County in 2009.
Sullivan is a middle school teacher in the Easton Area School District, the district said. It added the child was not a student in the district...."
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Stephen Sullivan, Easton Area Middle School teacher, allegedly molested girl; no response from district officials
"Easton Area School Board president says teacher Stephen Sullivan's arrest came as a surprise..."
"....I am not surprised at all. There have been so many stories and little incidents. He forgets these kids are not dumb...."
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It seems that the arrest might have surprised school officials (it had better surprise them!!) but not parents and students. Hmmmm.
Easton Area School District teacher accused of sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl
"A 51-year-old Easton Area Middle School teacher is charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl and possessing child pornography at his borough home, police said.
Stephen A. Sullivan and the girl went shopping for Christmas presents in December 2009, according to court documents. They bought presents for her family and body lotion for her, documents say. The two know each other, and she is not an Easton student, police said.
While wrapping the presents at Sullivan's apartment, he asked the girl if she wanted to see a movie then showed the girl a pornographic film on his computer, documents say. She described in detail to police what she saw in the film and what the man in the film looked like. After the movie, Sullivan removed her clothes and molested her, records say. He told the girl she could not tell anyone or he would go to jail...."
"....Police on Feb. 17 searched Sullivan's apartment and found files in his bedroom closet containing 13 images of preteen girls either completely or partially undressed, court documents say. The search turned up several flash drives, floppy disks and CDs, including a flash drive labeled Easton Area School District...."
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That little girl held onto that horrid secret for over a year. That's torture for a 7-8 year old.
Seems parents had made numerous attempts to report this creep. Some snips:
"...He was told about his inappropriate words and speaking to students, also caught multiple times in the girls bathrooms looking down in the stalls. Students caught him looking down girls shirts and even commenting on there skirts. Many parents complained, and it got us no results at all. He was allowed to work for the school district without a teaching degree,and misbehave and mistreat our kids...."
".... Hopefully the district does not comment with "we've never heard about any inappropriate behavior" because so many parents and kids know differently. When my daughter was in 5th grade, 7 years ago, she told me told me he was taking pictures of girl's butts on his cell phone. He said she must have "been mistaken"...."
"....Make absolutely no doubt about it, any parent who had a child in Mr. Sullivan’s class knew this day would come. Both formal and informal complaints were made, students openly discussed and parents worried for many years...."
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It should be noted that the middle school where Sullivan taught is a 5th-6th grade school. We're talking about 10-13 year olds.
Also comments from former students of Sullivan at the link above and this:
".....If anyone is familiar with the 5/6 building you would know that this guy was suspended not too far back for being in the girls bathroom. That right there should've been the red flag...."
And the district says they are surprised????
And how tremendously sad is this? A child tried to tell his parent but she wouldn't believe him"
"....wow and i thought my son was telling stories he always said this guy was "a creeper" guess he really was..."
Sullivan has 7 across the board pretty awful ratings here, dating back to 2003:
I wouldn't be surprised if this disappears so here's a couple of snips:
"bad memories" (2008)
"never had a teacher who yells so loud and so much" (2006)
"he's relly mean" (2004)
"don't forget about giggle queen and the class of 2009" (2003)
I hope these parents don't stop exposing the inept school administration. They school admins NEED to be put on notice for ignoring this situation. It needs to come out that he could have been molesting dozens of kids and the school KNEW and did NOTHING.
Keep up the loud voices parents! This is an outrage.
It is an outrage.
However, I am horrified that PARENTS KNEW and continued to SEND their CHILDREN to this school and even directly into HIS CLASSROOM.
If my child EVER came home and told me the things these kids told their parents. MY child would not be returning to school until he was gone
And....it gets worse:
EASD Teacher Charged With Having Child Pornography
"Police say a teacher suspended from the Easton Area School District is now facing 100 counts of child pornography. Police say they filed more charges against Stephen Sullivan Friday.
Sullivan was already facing charges of sexual misconduct with a child after police accused him of taking a 7-year-old girl Christmas shopping in 2009...."
"...Court records show he also touched her inappropriately and made her watch child pornography. Through their investigation into the first alleged crime, police say they found more information leading to the added charges Friday...."
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A bit more info:
Easton Area teacher Stephen Sullivan had thousands of child porn images, police say
"The Easton Area Middle School teacher accused of molesting a 7-year-old will face new charges after police report finding more than 2,600 images or videos of child pornography on his computer equipment..."
"...Sullivan, an Easton Area School District employee for nine years, has been suspended without pay and may be fired depending on how his criminal case is resolved..."
"...Police filed charges against Sullivan in February but were not able to arraign him until March. Court records indicate Sullivan attempted suicide, delaying the proceedings. Sullivan was later released on bail March 12...."
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So, the child needs to have a psych eval, even though she clearly named her abuser? The 2600 images of child porn and suicide attempt tell me about all I need to know. Could he be falsely accused? Sure. Do I think he was? No, I don't. Not given the info we've seen.
Stephen Sullivan's lawyer claims ex-teacher wrongfully accused of molestation
October 14, 2011
"The attorney for a former Easton Area School District teacher accused of molesting a child claims the teacher has been wrongly accused. Attorney Dennis Charles asked a Northampton County judge to order psychological evaluations for the then-7-year-old girl and her mother because other men the girl’s mother associated with could have assaulted the girl instead of Stephen Sullivan.
"...Sullivan, 52, of Bath, allegedly molested the girl in 2009. Officers found 2,600 images and videos of child pornography in his home, according to police. Charles also asked Judge Michael Koury to prevent a suicide note from being used against Sullivan at trial...."
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Someone please explain this to me. I surely do not want a man convicted of molestation if the child's story is not reliable. But Mr. Sullivan is not off the hook. The guy was charged with 100 counts of possession of child porn. In exchange for a plea, they drop 99 charges....WTH?? Interesting how they found the porn.
Prosecutors drop 99 counts against former teacher
October 28, 2011
A former middle school teacher pleaded guilty to possession of child porn but prosecutors dropped a molestation charge against him. Former Easton Middle School teacher Stephen Sullivan pleaded guilty Friday to a single pornography possession charge in return for having another 99 counts dropped. Prosecutors also dropped a molestation case involving a 7-year-old girl after determining the girl's accounts were unreliable..."
"..Police searched Sullivan's home in February after the girl claimed he sexually assaulted her in December 2009. Authorities found numerous pornographic pictures and videos and Sullivan was arrested in March following a suicide attempt...."
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poor little girls....I feel bad for them. How could the parents suspect and not do anything. They had to know that the next year he would have more kids to victimize even if their child moved on.
Just my opinions (and I have been wrong before)!
23 piddly months!!!! Oh wait. Community service too.
Stephen Sullivan, former Easton teacher, sentenced to prison for child pornography
April 5, 2012
"Former Easton Area Middle School teacher Stephen A. Sullivan was sentenced to four to 23 months in Northampton County Prison for child pornography possession. On Tuesday, President Judge F. P. Kimberly McFadden also ordered he complete community service during a five-year probationary period following his release from prison...."
"....In a raid of Sullivan's home, police said they found more than 2,600 images of child pornography. While he was initially charged with 100 counts of child pornography possession, the prosecution agreed to withdraw all but one of the charges in return for his guilty plea...."
"....Sullivan, who taught in the Easton Area School District for nine years, was also charged in March with sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl. Those charges were dismissed, however, after he passed a polygraph and the girl's account of the molestations changed dramatically...."
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