Teacher’s aide charged with sex crimes

Sheri Mau­fort charged with in­sti­tu­tional sex­ual as­sault, cor­rup­tion of mi­nors, and re­lated charges

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @afarence on Twit­ter

EAST MARL­BOR­OUGH>> A sub­sti­tute teacher’s aide was charged with in­sti­tu­tional sex­ual as­sault, cor­rup­tion of mi­nors, and re­lated charges after al­legedly en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties with two Unionville High School stu­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ch­ester County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, Sheri Mau­fort al­legedly kissed and performed oral sex on one male stu­dent un­der the age of 18 in a field near a restau­rant in Birm­ing­ham after giv­ing him al­co­hol.

About three weeks later, she al­legedly touched a sec­ond vic­tim’s pe­nis after she picked him up at party shortly fol­low­ing a high school foot­ball game, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Mau­fort, a 42-year-old mar­ried West Ch­ester res­i­dent, had both stu­dents in a class where she worked as a sub­sti­tute teacher’s aide.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit re­leased by the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice, she con­tacted the first vic­tim by text mes­sage in the evening of Aug. 20, stat­ing she wanted to hang out with him.

Mau­fort re­port­edly picked the vic­tim up out­side his home, gave him al­co­hol, and took him to the restau­rant in Birm­ing­ham be­fore ven­tur­ing into the nearby field to per­form the al­leged sex­ual act, au­thor­i­ties said.

The af­fi­davit states Mau­fort con­tin­ued to per­form oral sex un­til the first vic­tim asked her to stop, wor­ried that some­one might see them. At this time, Mau­fort’s hus­band showed up to the restau­rant.

She re­port­edly told the first vic-

tim not to tell any­one what had oc­curred and to get in touch when he turned 18. Ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s state­ment, Mau­fort’s hus­band drove the first vic­tim home after show­ing up to the restau­rant.

The sec­ond vic­tim, who re­port­edly was 18 at the time of the in­ci­dent but still a stu­dent, ran into Mau­fort at the party. Mau­fort al­legedly drove the male vic­tim out of the neigh­bor­hood, parked the car, kissed him, and touched his pe­nis be­fore tak­ing him back to the party, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s news re­lease, the al­leged in­ci­dents oc­curred in Au­gust and Septem­ber of 2016, and were re­ported to the au­thor­i­ties on Nov. 11.

Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice in­ves­ti­gated this in­ci­dent with the as­sis­tance of Ch­ester County De­tec­tives. Any­one with ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Trooper Ja­son Pen­ning­ton at 610268-2022.

In his news re­lease, Ch­ester County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Tom Hogan re­it­er­ated his first rule for school staff.

“I have said it be­fore and I will say it again,” Hogan said. “Rule No. 1 for school staff is: ‘do not have sex­ual con­tact with a stu­dent.’ If you break this rule, you will be fired, sent to jail, and never work in a school again.”

Also in the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s news re­lease, Unionville-Chadds Ford Su­per­in­ten­dent John Sanville wrote that the school dis­trict will not tol­er­ate this kind of be­hav­ior, and that the in­ci­dent was im­me­di­ately re­ported to law en­force­ment.

“I have said it be­fore and I will say it again. Rule No. 1 for school staff is: ‘do not have sex­ual con­tact with a stu­dent.’ If you break this rule, you will be fired, sent to jail, and never work in a school again.” — Tom Hogan, Ch­ester County dis­trict at­tor­ney

“We now will be­gin the dif­fi­cult task of ad­dress­ing this in­ci­dent with our stu­dents, par­ents, and teach­ers,” Sanville wrote.

To con­tact Daily Lo­cal News staff writer Adam Farence, email afarence@ dailylocal.com, or call 610-235-2647.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — CH­ESTER COUNTY DIS­TRICT AT­TOR­NEY’S OF­FICE

Sheri Mau­fort

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