High school teacher arrested
Police charge Latin teacher for alleged relationship with student
ABINGTON >> A Latin teacher at Abington Senior High School was arrested Sunday on charges regarding inappropriate sexual contact with a student.
Thomas Kummer, 55, of the 400 block of Krewson Terrace, Willow Grove, has been charged with felony counts of photographing a sex act, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and institutional sexual assault of a minor in connection with incidents that occurred starting in July of this year, according the criminal complaint.
Police began an investigation after receiving a report Sept. 26 from “a concerned citizen” that Kummer, a teacher for more than 20 years at Abington Senior High, was involved in a sexual relationship with a student at the school, Abington police said.
An investigation revealed that an ongoing sexual relationship between Kummer and a student under age 18 began in July, police said.
Kummer was a chaperone for a trip to Italy in June organized through the school in which the student participated, the affidavit says.
“The sexual contact between Kummer and the student occurred on numerous occasions inside Kummer’s vehicle at various locations in Abington Township and at his residence in the Willow Grove section of Upper Moreland,” police said.
The victim’s mother was contacted by the police, who searched the juvenile’s phone and found multiple semi-nude photos of the victim on it, one including a mature male leg and foot near the victim, the complaint says. A search of the victim’s computer showed at least
Among the messages found on the victim’s phone, there were texts from Kummer instructing the victim to “delete everything.”
290 pages of messages between Kummer and the victim, “most of which were romantic in nature,” it says.
Among the messages found on the victim’s phone, there were texts from Kummer instructing the victim to “delete everything,” professing his love for the child, and stating, “I always have 2 emergency tickets to the Caribbean,” it says.
When Kummer learned Sept. 30 that the police had taken the student’s phone and laptop, he asked the victim if the messages between them had been deleted and indicated he was “completely freaked out,” considering fleeing and wanted the victim to go with him, the complaint says.
Kummer was arrested without incident at his home Sept. 30, police said.
He was arraigned before District Judge Juanita Price Oct. 1 and taken to Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4.
The school district issued a letter Sept. 30 from Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Fecher acknowledging the arrest and stating that Kummer was immediately suspended.
The district and staff are cooperating with the police, the letter says, and asks anyone with relevant information to contact Detective Cindy Pettinato at 267-536-1098.