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

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August 16, 2012

Additional charges filed against Berks County high school teacher & coach

HARRISBURG ? Additional charges were filed today against a Berks County high school teacher and water polo/swimming coach as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with underage girls.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said that Jonathan Bell, 31, 105 Colleen Court, Wyomissing, Berks County, faces seven additional counts including; statutory sexual assault, sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. 8-7-12 Bell

Kelly said the latest criminal charges are the result of an ongoing investigation, which uncovered that Bell allegedly had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female student while she was a 15-year old sophomore. Bell was initially arrested on Aug. 7, 2012 and charged with having a sexual contact with a 17-year old female student from December 2010 through May 2011.

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

Bell is charged today with one count of statutory sexual assault, one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count of sexual assault, one count of aggravated indecent assault, one count of indecent assault, one count of indecent exposure, and one count of corruption of minors.

Bell is currently being held in the Berks County Sheriff's Office - Process Center awaiting arraignment.

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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