HS Teacher Accused of Trying to Intimidate Victim of Another Teacher in Ongoing Sex Scandal Investigation

We may have turned a corner (a bad one) in the ever rising number of incidents involving teachers having sex with underage students.

This time we are talking about Plum High School (PA) teacher Drew Zoldak who was arrested on witness intimidation charges this week. Why? Zoldak is accused of pointing out the female student in his class who accused another male teacher at PHS of having an inappropriate relationship.

And, if that weren’t bad enough, in addition to that teacher, another male teacher has also been arrested for having sex with a different student at the school. So, in case you’re having trouble keeping score, two male teachers accused of sex with students, one accused of trying to intimidate one of the victims of the first two.

On the plus side: lots of openings for teachers at Plum High next year!

Details from PennLive:

Plum High School teacher Drew Zoldak was arraigned on two counts of witness intimidation. He didn’t immediately return calls to his home seeking comment, and court records don’t list an attorney for him.

Zoldak, 40, told his class Monday that he missed class the previous Friday “because two men in suits from the district attorney’s office were asking me hundreds of questions,” according to the criminal complaint. 

When asked why he was questioned, Zoldak pointed to the student who had accused another teacher, Joseph Ruggieri, 40, of having an improper sexual relationship with her and said “because of her,” police said. 

Zoldak, of New Kensington, then called the student to the front of his forensic science class “and asked her if she would be OK regarding next week’s topic, which was ‘sexual assault,'” police said.

Allegheny County District Attorney’s spokesman Mike Manko said the charges against Zoldak “involve conduct which is extraordinarily insensitive” and “at worst, it is an intentional effort to use this child’s peers and the school setting to make her uncomfortable and keep her from speaking freely about her victimization.”

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