September 25, 2012
Additional charges filed against former Berks County high school teacher & coach
HARRISBURG - Additional criminal charges have been filed against a former Berks County high school teacher and 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, faces six additional counts including; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, and corruption of minors.
Kelly said the latest charges are the result of new information uncovered by investigators involving allegations that Bell had inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year old female student while she was in one of his high school art classes, as well as inappropriate sexual contact with 17-year old female student whom he was coaching.
Bell was initially arrested on Aug. 7, 2012 and charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year old female student. Additional charges were filed on Aug. 16, 2012 after agents uncovered another alleged inappropriate relationship with a 15-year old high school sophomore.
Including yesterday's charges, investigators have now identified four alleged victims. 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 with two counts of corruption of minors, one count of indecent assault, one count of indecent exposure, one count of aggravated indecent assault, and one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
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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