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Woman suspected of having inappropriate relationship with former student

DOWNINGTOWN BOROUGH, Pa. - A woman in Chester County has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a former student while she was a school resource officer.

Stefanie Dunn, 44, was charged with corruption of minors, according to the Chester County District Attorney's' Office.

The former Downingtown Borough police officer had served as a school resource officer at Downingtown West High School, the AG's office said.

The victim was a former student at the high school, authorities said. The boy attended the high school until June 2018. He then transferred to Career Corp. in Exton, where he graduated.

The Upper Uwchlan Police Department found Dunn in the back of a parked vehicle in a secluded area with a 17-year-old boy on May 4, 2019, authorities said.

Further investigation revealed an ongoing relationship with Dunn and the boy.

The boy said Dunn would pick him up in her car, and they would drive to secluded areas where they would have a physical relationship.

A forensic search of the boy's phone revealed several photographs of Dunn, authorities said. Authorities said they found over 6,000 text messages between Dunn and the boy dating back to May 2018.

Dun was arrested on Tuesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 11.

The Downingtown Area School District issued a statement on the investigation:

Downingtown Area School District strongly condemns the actions necessitating the officer's dismissal and applaud the police for their quick action in this matter. Upon notification by the police about the impending investigation, the School Resource Officer (SRO) was immediately removed from her placement in the district. Anytime there is a threat to a young person, it is deeply upsetting. As a district, we continually strive to ensure the safety and protection of our school community.

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