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

March 27, 2013

Additional charges filed against former Beaver County high school teacher

HARRISBURG - As part of an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with female students, additional charges were filed today against a former Beaver County high school teacher and baseball coach. 3-27-13 Joseph Rubino

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said that Joseph A. Rubino, 37, 2000 Alameda Drive, Aliquippa, faces five additional counts, including criminal solicitation to commit sexual abuse of children, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and indecent assault. Rubino was initially arrested on Jan. 22, 2013 and charged with several felonies related to having inappropriate and illegal sexual contact with a minor female student.

The latest criminal charges are the result of a continuing investigation, which revealed that Rubino allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with another female student at the high school where he taught.

According to the criminal complaint, Rubino sent numerous sexually graphic texts to the student, which included sexual requests and sexually explicit messages. Rubino also allegedly solicited sexually graphic images of the student, promising her tickets to a professional football game if she sent them.

The charges state that Rubino also had physical sexual contact with the student and allegedly touched her breasts and buttocks while they were inside a classroom, despite the students demands that he stop.

Kane emphasized that this remains an active investigation. Anyone with additional information involving this matter or any other incidents involving Joseph Rubino is urged to contact Special Agent Lee Yingling at the Office of Attorney General at 724-433-5316.

Rubino is charged today with:

  • one count of criminal solicitation to commit sexual abuse of children,
  • one count of unlawful contact with a minor, 
  • one count of corruption of minors,
  • one count of indecent assault, and 
  • one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

The case will be prosecuted in Beaver County by Deputy Attorney General Kristine Ricketts of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecution Section.

Kane thanked the Hopewell Area School District for their cooperation and assistance with the ongoing investigation.

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

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