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Former elementary school principal charged with sexually assaulting student, police say

former elementary school principal arrested on child sexual assault charges

Feb. 21 2022, Published 5:01 p.m. ET

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A former elementary school principal in Pennsylvania has been arrested and charged with child sexual assault after one of the victim’s mothers reported him to the police, officials said.

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According to authorities, allegations were made against 39-year-old Jonathan Wisneski when he was principal in the Upper Darby School District in 2018, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The claims were investigated by law enforcement and the district attorney’s office.

After the allegations were reported, the district said they fired Wisneski and he has not worked for the school district since 2018, FOX 29 reported. Officials say he currently works at Devereux Cares School in Downington, Pennsylvania.

In the original complaint, officials said four female students were interviewed in 2018.

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On Feb. 3, a police detective received a call from a mother of one of the female students initially interviewed in 2018. The mother said her daughter informed her she was inappropriately touched by Wisneski when she was a student at Primos Elementary School, officials said.

A forensic interview was conducted, which had led to the new case and charges.

Investigators spoke to the victim on Feb. 15 and she said she was in the 5th grade during the 2018-18 school year and Wisneski was her principal. The victim said Wisneski would “entertain her and other 5th grade students in his office as rewards,” FOX 29 reported.

Officials said Wisneski inappropriately touched female students in his office with the door closed.

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Another victim spoke with investigators on Feb. 17 and said Wisneski would take girls on “off-campus trips” to the library or a local pizzeria and no other adults were present during these encounters, officials said.

"I think parents should know today all of us are committed whenever a child comes forward and says they have been inappropriately touched by anybody, we're going to take it very seriously and we're going to investigate it to the full extent. The fact that four years later we're able to bring charges shows that commitment," said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollstemier said, according to FOX 29.

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Wisneski was arrested and charged with intercourse/sexual contact with a student, indecent assault on a person under the age of 13, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children, police said.

He was booked into jail and bail was set at $150,000, authorities said.

former elementary school principal arrested on child sexual assault charges
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