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Teacher faces charges

June 09, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A teacher at J. Frank Faust Junior High School was charged Friday with aggravated indecent assault for alleged misconduct with a student, according to Chambersburg police.

Tab Kurtz, 44, of 404 Landis Road in Hagerstown, also was charged with criminal attempt, indecent assault and corruption of a minor, according to police. He was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter and posted $10,000 bond, police said.

Kurtz is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Carter at 10 a.m. June 30, according to police.

Police said the student, a 16-year-old girl, contacted school officials about Kurtz's alleged misconduct on April 24. The police report did not specify the locations or dates the alleged incidents took place, and the affidavit of probable cause was not available Sunday.

"We did become aware of it and we did conduct a parallel investigation," said Lynn Lerew, the director of human resources for the Chambersburg Area School District.

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Lerew said Kurtz is on suspension with pay, pending the outcome of a hearing in July.

"The school board will be the hearing body and they will make the decision regarding Mr. Kurtz," Lerew said. He did not know how long Kurtz, a technology education teacher, has been employed by the district.

A telephone call to Kurtz was not returned Sunday night.

Aggravated indecent assault, the most serious charge against Kurtz, is a felony carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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