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DA investigating ex-teacher over allegations of inappropriate contact with students

David Borghesani resigned Monday

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has confirmed an investigation regarding a now former Whitehall High School teacher’s alleged inappropriate communications with students.

The Whitehall-Coplay School Board accepted David Borghesani's resignation Monday night amid allegations of inappropriate contact with students in his class. He taught music at Whitehall High School.

Borghesani has not been charged, however, he has been suspended without pay since October. That is also when the Whitehall Township Police Department and the DA's office were brought in. When there were no charges filed in January, the school administration decided to conduct its own investigation. After interviews, administrators decided to suspended him.

"We were waiting clearance from the district attorney's office that we could go ahead with our own investigation. We did not want to interfere with the district attorney's independent investigation of the matter, which is the typical protocol when you deal with these kinds of allegations," said Solicitor Jeffery Sultanik. "We are only aware of two specific and verified allegations of inappropriate contact on the part of Mr. Borghesani."

Sultanik said the allegations of inappropriate conduct involve two of his students from two different families. Sultanik, however, did not give specifics of what Borghesani is accused of.

"All we can say is that it is not the kind of behavioral expectations that we would want of any professional employee of the district," said Sultanik.

The incidents happened both during school hours and after school, according to Sultanik. He said it was verbal contact, and there is no direct evidence that anything physical occurred. The alleged communications happened through texts, emails and Snapchat.

"I never want to see this guy teach at any school district ever again. I am also asking our solicitor to continue to reach out to the DA's office to ensure criminal charges are brought against him," said board member T.J. Korem.

Korem said Borghesani was also teaching at a church and that the school administration notified the church of the allegations.

"I hope the district attorney continues his criminal investigation so no other children will be victimized by Mr. David Borghesani," said Korem.


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