D.A.: Teacher had sex with special-needs teen

Posted: June 06, 2014

IN LIGHT of recent events, Stephanie Amato's Facebook activity is a little disconcerting.

"Fun with these kids!" the 30-year-old teacher posted Tuesday with a picture showing her chauffeuring a group of smiling preteen boys.

Another picture, posted later that night, shows her standing with the group. Its caption proclaims, "My fav students."

Both photos went online hours before Amato turned herself in to police amid allegations that she had sex with one of her special-education students.

Amato has been charged with statutory sexual assault, corruption of a minor, indecent assault and related offenses after allegedly having "consensual" sex with a 14-year-old boy she taught at Ethan Allen Elementary in Mayfair, Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said in a statement yesterday.

The contact allegedly took place between March and April in Amato's car and home, the statement said.

School district spokesman Fernando Gallard said the allegations of the assault first surfaced in April when the victim came forward to district officials.

While those accusations were being investigated by police, Gallard said, Amato was pulled from Ethan Allen, a K-8 school on Battersby Street near Levick, and given an administrative-assistant position at a district office. She has not taught in the district since April, he said.

Amato remained in police custody last night, pending her arraignment. Her bail had not been set.

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