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A high school music teacher from Pennsylvania is accused of providing two teen students with marijuana edibles and sexually assaulting one of them.
Jeremiah Triplett, 30, of Dresher, has been charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors, and related charges following an investigation by the Radnor Police Department, the department stated on Wednesday. The investigation kicked off back in March after the police department “received information regarding possible sexual contact between a male teacher at Archbishop Carroll High School and a juvenile female student.”
Triplett allegedly had sex with the girl in his office, WCAU in Philadelphia reports.
Police also say the music teacher “provided THC-infused food to students on multiple occasions.” The alleged edibles he gave to two teen girls included THC brownies, marijuana-infused Nutella on crackers and CBD oil gummy bears.
Triplett also allegedly provided students with alcohol and e-cigarettes.
“Investigation revealed that Triplett would bring plastic bags of brownies and shopping bags full of mini-liquor bottles to school, to share with the two juveniles,” police wrote. “Triplett also vaped nicotine products with the juveniles, blowing the smoke into one another’s mouths.”
On one occasion, after blowing smoke into one of the teen's mouth, ”Triplett also kissed the female victim and grabbed her buttocks, telling her he could not wait until she turned 18 years old,” police said.
It's not exactly clear how old the girl was when the alleged sexual assault took place.
He allegedly made out with the second student, WCAU reports.
Triplett was placed on leave by Archbishop Carroll High School last month, WCAU reports. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said in a statement that Triplett passed a criminal background check before they employed him.
“Jeremiah Triplett used his position of trust and authority as a teacher to prey on students and endangered their health by providing them with THC infused food,” District Attorney Copeland said in the Radnor Township Police Department press release.
Triplett was arraigned and posted bond on his 200,000 bail Wednesday. He's been ordered to stay away from the victims, the school and any and all minors.
"Sad and difficult day for everybody that's involved, we don't have any further comment," Triplett's attorney, Brian McVan, told reporters after the arraignment.
Any other potential victims of Triplett are urged to call Radnor Police at 610-688-0503.
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