Hamburg Area High School, where a teacher has been accused of sexual assault.
Hamburg High Spanish Teacher Accused of Relationship with Student
On Monday, October 1, detectives with the Berks County District Attorney’s office secured an arrest warrant for a teacher from Hamburg Area High School based on allegations of a sexual relationship with a student at the school. 47-year-old Holly A. Smith is expected to turn herself in and faces charges of institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, and child endangerment.
According to investigators, detectives became aware of a possible sexual relationship between the teacher and one of her 16-year-old students on September 13. A detective interviewed the student’s parents, who said that they’d found messages on their son’s cellphones, including Facebook messages, that showed he was in a sexual relationship with Smith.
The parents said that they then arranged to meet Smith at a public park and confronted her about what they’d found. She reportedly cried, apologized, and confessed that she had been in an intimate relationship with the student for three months. According to the District Attorney’s office, the student said that the relationship had been going on for five months.