A Pennsylvania teacher was arrested Friday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student over summer break.
Nikki Varney, 44, is charged by state police with institutional sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with minors, reports WJAC.
Police say the investigation began when administration at Williamsburg High School, where Varney worked as a science teacher, reported the relationship. Detectives soon discovered that a sexual encounter between the teacher and a student occurred in July over summer break. The Sun reported that investigators said Varney, “had in fact had sexual intercourse with a male student over the summer.”
Williamsburg Community School District’s Superintendent Lisa Murgas confirmed to local media that Varney was placed on administrative leave.
The student was identified as a male, but his age was not disclosed.
Varney has been teaching since 1997, and has been at Williamsburg High School for the past seven years. She teaches chemistry, physics and two other science courses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a biology concentration and a Master’s of Secondary Education in science.
In April, Varney ran for a seat on the Hollidaysburg school board, according to Altoona Mirror. She said in her candidate announcement that she has been teaching for the past two decades.
“I have taught in a variety of public schools for 21 years…I’m seeking to be a Hollidaysburg Area school director because I believe a strong education is the most important antecedent to being a successful adult…I have children in the school system so I understand the importance that children receive the educational foundation they need to flourish and to become contributing members of society…I am a teacher with over two decades of experience so I know the support students and teachers need to be successful.”
Varney is currently in the process of being arraigned in Blair County.
[Feature Photo: Williamsburg Community School District]