READING, Pa. - A former teacher who admitted last year to having an intimate relationship with one of her students has landed herself in more legal trouble.
Holly Smith, 49, of Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, surrendered late Friday morning to detectives with the Berks County district attorney's office.
The former Hamburg Area High School teacher stands accused of violating the protection from abuse order against her by contacting the student, now 17, less than a week after her release from the Berks County Jail on April 18.
Investigators said the teen told them that Smith repeatedly sent him Facebook Messenger messages that were sexual in nature. They said she also asked to meet the boy.
The victim, detectives said, replied, "leave me alone," and told Smith, "remember you have a restraining order." Smith, detectives said, continued to send the boy messages, even after he replied, "get away from me."
The communication violated a protection from abuse order that was issued by a Berks County judge on Dec. 24, 2018, nearly three months after her initial arrest, authorities said. She was set to be arraigned Friday on a charge of indirect criminal contempt. Bail has not yet been set.
Smith was first arrested in October 2018. She subsequently resigned from her teaching position and pleaded guilty to a count of institutional sexual assault in March 2019. While she was awaiting sentencing, a judge revoked her bail for using an alias to contact the former student. A month later, in July 2019, Smith was ordered to serve 364 to 726 days in the Berks County Jail, followed by five years' probation.