A former science teacher from Philadelphia charged earlier this month with sexually assaulting a student at a high school was re-arrested on Tuesday.
Melissa Bonkoski, 38, was charged with multiple felonies for her alleged sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy.
According to the Philly Voice, Bonkoski allegedly bought a "burner" phone, just so she could chat with the victim. She would give the teen rides home from school and allegedly the boy thought he wouldn’t be given rides anymore if he stopped kissing Bonkoski. The boy’s girlfriend contacted police after she found her boyfriend’s text messages to his teacher.
The initial charges were made before police were certain if Bonkoski had sex with the teen. They suspected that the two engaged in touching and kissing. But, on Tuesday prosecutors received an alleged confirmation from the victim that the two did have sex.
Earlier text messages revealed how desperate Bonkoski was to keep in contact with her student.
"I was kinda hoping you would have called me back last night," read one text. "I really needed to talk." Another text stated, according to Delco Times, "Whatever you do, please don't shut me out. Not now. I'm begging you."
The former Earth Science teacher has been charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, unlawful use of a communications facility, and corruption of minors.
"Rule No. 1 if you are a teacher or a coach: Do not have sex with a student. Breaking this rule is a one-way ticket to arrest, losing your job, and prison. Not to mention the profound damage to the victim and the school community which you were entrusted to serve,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said.
[Chester County District Attorney’s Office]
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