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Birdsboro, Pennsylvania - Guidance Counselor Jamie Witzel Accused of Sexual Relationship with Student

Daniel Boone Area High School
Published: September 12, 2018
By: Dillon Holdsworth
Last Updated on December 1, 2020

Daniel Boone Guidance Counselor Facing Multiple Sex Charges

A former guidance counselor at Danel Boone Area High School is facing several criminal charges based on allegations that she was in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student at the school.

40-year-old Jamie Witzel has been charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, and indecent assault.

According to investigators, Witel repeatedly had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male student in 2016 and 2017. The alleged encounters occurred in Witzel’s office and her car.

Witzel surrendered to police and was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

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Second Case of Sexual Assault by Daniel Boone Staff

This is the second recent incident involving sexual misconduct by an employee of Daniel Boone Area High School.

In September 2012, an English teacher at the school was charged with allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student. 31-year-old Kristy Risell was charged with statutory sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, endangering the welfare of children, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of minors. She was sentenced to three months of house arrest.

Legal Options For Victims of School Sexual Assault

Attorney contributor Brian Kent has experience representing the victims of sexual abuse. We’ve asked him to add a few thoughts on legal recourse for the survivors of these crimes:

Unfortunately, cases of sexual abuse by teachers against students are relatively common. We expect our educational institutions to be safe spaces where our children can learn and develop into contributing members of their communities. But tragically, some of the teachers and other staff members who work in these institutions end up exploiting their positions of trust and power to sexually abuse students.

In some cases, sexual assault at schools only occurs because of negligence. While holding the perpetrator criminally responsible is key, it’s also important for victims to be aware that schools can be held liable for failing to prevent the abuse. For example, a school might be considered negligent if they failed to investigate previous allegations of sexual assault against a teacher, and that teacher eventually sexually assaulted other students.

Determining liability for sexual assault by teachers and school staff members is complex. In order to better understand your legal rights, we advise speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.

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About Dillon Holdsworth
Editor: Dillon is a graduate of New York University and is currently attending law school at the University of Virginia. He is devoted to his study of the law and is passionate about using his knowledge to inform victims of their legal options. Contact Dillon: [email protected] This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
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