A 29-year-old high school teacher in Pittsburgh stands accused of sexually assaulting two female students, WPIX-11 reports.
Michael White, a teacher at Perry Traditional Academy, was charged with two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count indecent assault, selling or furnishing liquor to minors, sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and institutional sexual assault of a minor. He is facing additional charges of indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor after being accused of fondling a 15-year-old student last fall.
One of the victims, the second female student to come forward, told cops that White invited her to a hotel party where stripping would take place; she refused. But, several days later, the girl allegedly left school grounds with White to spend time together at his house. The girl said she and White had sex, smoked marijuana and drank alcohol several times at his home in the fall of 2012.
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She said that one time she became so intoxicated that she needed to be hospitalized.
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White appeared in court last month on charges in the first case, but the hearing was postponed because the alleged victim had a medical emergency, according to WPIX-11.
White is also accused of fondling a 15-year-old student. According to a criminal complaint, that girl told police the alleged assaults began last September. Investigators say she reported being allegedly fondled and grabbed inappropriately.
At school, authorities say the girl said that White boasted of having money, cars and multiple homes in an attempt to lure her to his house. She refused, telling police, “he wanted too much.”
White tells his attorneys that both alleged victims are not being truthful.
“We did mention this to our client who believes that this, you know, another victim who’s in the same boat,” Chuck Gallo, one of White’s lawyer’s, said. “A troubled girl who, you know, we definitely challenge the truth and veracity of her statements at this point.”
“Let’s slow down here. We live in America and he is innocent until if ever proven guilty,” added Blaine Jones, White’s other defense attorney. “He is an innocent man.”
White has been removed from the classroom, while the charges against him go through the legal process.
He is in the Allegheny County Jail, and is awaiting arraignment.