Teacher Having Affair With Student Murdered in Beaver County, PA
After earning criticism for misgendering students and escaping a police charge for an alleged affair with a student, Miss DelTondo was found shot dead on Mother’s Day.
The woman, named Rachael DelTondo, was found on her own mother’s driveway after having been shot between 10 and 12 times. According to police in Pennsylvania’s Beaver County, DelTondo knew the person that killed her and that it was being investigated as a “crime of passion.”
According to the Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier who spoke to local media,
“We could not be taking this more seriously. We had a young woman, 33 years old, shot to death on the driveway of her mother’s house on Mother’s Day evening.”
Neighbors reported hearing up to 12 shots. So who was this woman, and what actions are the police taking on this strange, strange case?
Rachael DelTondo, Disgraceful Sex Pest
DelTondo, 33, was suspended from her position as a teacher recently for allegations of sexual abuse of a student. She was teaching at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and was found with an underage student in a steamed-up car.
Around the time that she was suspended, DelTondo’s engagement to a businessman was broken off.
According to RateMyTeachers, Miss DelTondo was also guilty of misgendering students. This was posted in December of 2017:
“Ms DelTondo was not at all professional in her communications and was most unhelpful throughout the entire school year. She took no interest in students and when addressing my child, consistently misidentified gender.”
Yesterday, a student left another hint to the odd sexualized behavior displayed by DelTondo:
“RIP, I loved how she would kiss one of us at the end of class. She was an angel.”
That’s… that’s strange.
Suspension of DelTondo
After nearly a decade of working at her Pennsylvania school, the school received an anonymous email with a police report attached. The report covered information on “inappropriate contact” taken by DelTondo with an underaged student.
The incident with the student was recorded by police in February 2016, but DelTondo was not placed on paid suspension until October 2017.
Police reported that they found DelTondo with the teenager in the passenger seat of DelTondo’s car. Her excuse was that the underaged student had called her up, because “he was upset and needed someone to talk to.”
In order to get the police to hurry off, she said that they were friends, and that she had a fiance who she didn’t want to know about the meeting. Without any charges, the police did not report the incident to DelTondo’s school.
The documents, which were marked as for “official use only” have since been leaked.
Mother of Student Speaks Out
According to the mother of the teenage boy involved in the incident, the boy was at one point a student of DelTondo’s.
She was cornered by media and her responses were certainly a bit shocked:
“I really don’t want to believe this is real. I really don’t. I’m clueless right now. I’m at a loss for words, actually. I had been hearing rumors going around.”
At the time, the mother said that she was upset that she was not notified by the police, who were told by the teenager and DelTondo that the two were just “talking.”
Police Investigation Continues
Right now, local police are reviewing footage from security cameras and DelTondo’s mobile phone for more information.
Abuse of Children By Teachers
With public school education being considered the norm, where so many parents don’t even know the people teaching their children, abuse of kids continues to pop up in the news.
And it’s a great way to contrast the way that women are treated in sexual abuse cases compared to men, where female teachers are treated much kinder than male.
In 2014 we reported on a sixth grade male teacher who spent 15 years free before being charged for the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.
Benjamin Hodgdon, 45, is being charged with sexually assaulting a teenage student “30 to 40 times” in 1999 and 2000… Hodgdon, who was 31 at the time of the alleged assaults, was the girl’s sixth-grade teacher and was also her cross-country coach. She was in eighth-grade during the time of the alleged incidents.
The charges were only able to come about thanks to technology, as the grown victim was able to record Hodgdon admitting to the assaults in 2012.
Sources: PennLive, CBS, Fox News, RateMyTeachers