*This is a developing story and will be updated as additional information becomes available.*
A second grade Pennsylvania teacher is facing charges after police alleged he sexually abused a child.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Vincent Marfia, 40, is facing indecent assault, corruption of minors, deviate sexual intercourse, and related charges. NBC 8 reports that the alleged victim was between the age of 10 to 13.
Marfia teaches for the Gettysburg School District at Franklin Township Elementary School. According to investigators, Marfia knew the victim but the child was not one of his students.
“He’s denying it, absolutely denies it,” Marfia’s lawyer, David Reed Erhard, told The New Haven Register. “We’re hoping that people will reserve judgment until the case has run its course.”
Although Marfia is still employed with the school district, Gettysburg Area School District communications coordinator Andrew Robinson told The Register that Marfia is not allowed on any school property during the investigation.
“The district is aware of the charges filed regarding one of our teachers. The district will fully cooperate with law enforcement regarding the investigation. The teacher will not be in school or on school property during the investigation. The district will have no further comment regarding the teacher at this time, as it is a personnel matter.”
Marfia is behind bats at the Adams County Prison on $50,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 6.
Investigators think there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is urged to contact Pennsylvania state police at 717-334-8111.
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[Featured Photo: Vincent Marfia/Gettysburg SD/Police Handout]