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Former Whitehall teacher charged with sending explicit Snapchat messages to students

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A former Whitehall High School teacher has been charged with sending sexually explicit Snapchat messages to his students. 

David Andrew Borghesani, 29, of Northampton, was charged with one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, a felony of the third degree, and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree. He will be arraigned Tuesday. 

According to the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office, on October 10, 2016, the Whitehall Township Police Department was contacted by the Whitehall-Coplay School District regarding information received from the parents of a minor student about alleged inappropriate contact between their daughter and Borghesani.

Borghesani was a teacher at Whitehall High School at that time.  He resigned from his position in February.

The potential victim, who was a current student,  was interviewed by authorities and she stated that she and Borghesani were in contact through Snapchat for more than a year. According to the DA's office there were initially no inappropriate messages, however in August 2016 it is alleged that Borghesani sent her several photos of his penis. 

During the investigation police uncovered a second potential victim. When authorities spoke with her, she said she and Borghesani began communicating via Snapchat in 2016, when she was a minor. 

According to the DA's office, it is alleged that she and Borghesani exchanged numerous nude photos during the summer of 2016. It is further alleged that Borghesani messaged the victim that he wished to have sexual intercourse with her and also sent her a video of him masturbating, according to the DA's office. 

Authorities then learned of a third potential victim, who was a former student of Borghesani’s. It is alleged that when she was a student at Whitehall High School and under the age of 18, Borghesani sent her several nude photos of himself via Snapchat, according to the DA's office. 

Whitehall-Coplay Superintendent released a statement on the matter which reads:

WCSD takes the safety and security of our students as our first priority.

"When information regarding this incident was brought to our attention we immediately contacted authorities and the police took control of the investigation. We immediately suspended Mr. Borghesani with pay pending an investigation. When the police gave us the authority to move forward with our own investigation we immediately did so and subsequently received Mr. Borghesani’s resignation. He has not physically been present in the district since we first received reports of inappropriate contact with students. We are fully supportive of the criminal process to address this unfortunate situation and any further information will be released by the District Attorney’s Office."

 


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