14-year-old boy tells of sex with teacher

RRXteacher05. photo of Stephanie Amato, the teacher accused of having sex with her 14-year-old student.
RRXteacher05. photo of Stephanie Amato, the teacher accused of having sex with her 14-year-old student.
Posted: July 27, 2014

In calm and soft tones, a 14-year-old Philadelphia boy told a Family Court judge on Friday about the more than 10 times that he had sex with his special-education teacher over several months this spring.

The boy was the only witness at a preliminary hearing for Stephanie Amato, 30, who taught at Ethan Allen Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia.

Under questioning by Assistant District Attorney B.K. Jaycox, the boy said their encounters took place in her parents' home in Northeast Philadelphia, in her car while parked in an alleyway near Harbison Avenue and Levick Road, and in a park. They happened on weekends and school days, often between 10 and 11 p.m.

He said they had intercourse and oral sex.

The boy also said that on one occasion at her parents' house, Amato gave him wine.

"I went to the liquor cabinet and was drinking," the boy said.

The boy said he told another teacher that he was having sex with Amato.

Amato surrendered to police on June 4 after one of her students reported having sex with his teacher on "several occasions."

The School District said Amato has been suspended without pay since June 9.

Jaycox hailed the boy for testifying in court. "It takes a lot of courage to come forward and testify," Jaycox said. "That's a courageous young man."

Judge Allan L. Tereshko scheduled an Aug. 14 arraignment for Amato on charges of statutory sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and related offenses.


vclark@phillynews.com

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