Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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August 7, 2012

Berks County high school teacher & swimming coach arrested following allegations of sexual relationship with student

HARRISBURG - A Berks County teacher and water polo/swimming coach was arrested today and charged with having a sexual relationship with a female student.8-7-12 Bell

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Jonathan Bell, 31, 105 Colleen Court, Wyomissing, Berks County. Bell is the water polo and swim team coach for Governor Mifflin High School. He currently is a teacher with the Exeter School District.

According to the criminal complaint, from December 2010 to June 2012 Bell engaged in a sexual relationship with a female student, who was 17-years old when the relationship began.

The charges state that Bell allegedly solicited the girl for nude photographs, performed a sexually graphic act for her on video and had at least one sexual encounter with her on school property.

Kelly emphasized that this remains an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Chief County Detective Michael Gombar of Berks County District Attorney's Office at 610-478-7171.

Bell is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of corruption of minors and one count of criminal solicitation.

He was taken into custody this morning, preliminarily arraigned before Mohnton Magisterial District Judge Nicholas Bentz Jr. and held on $200,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

The case will be prosecuted in Berks County by Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecution Section.

Kelly thanked the Governor Mifflin School District and the Exeter School District for their cooperation and assistance with the investigation. Kelly also thanked the Berks County District Attorney's Office for their ongoing assistance.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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