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Springfield Township, PA - Former Montgomery County Substitute Teacher, Tyler Degiacomo, Charged with Trafficking Minors and Sexual Abuse of Children

Springfield Township, PA - Former Montgomery County Substitute Teacher, Tyler Degiacomo, Arrested for Trafficking Minors and Sexual Abuse of Children
Published: June 3, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on June 3, 2024

Former PA Substitute Teacher Arrested for Trafficking Minors and Sexual Abuse

According to 6ABC, a former substitute teacher in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, has been arrested on charges of trafficking minors and sexual abuse of children. 33-year-old Tyler Degiacomo, a resident of Oreland, was a substitute teacher and volunteer with the School District of Springfield Township and a PIAA Umpire and Baseball Coach in Springfield Township, PA. 

According to the police, the investigation was sparked by a concerned parent who reported finding child sexual abuse material on her daughter's phone that had been sent to a man in his 30s, allegedly named "Tyler." Through their investigation, officials were able to identify Degiacomo as the suspect.

After executing multiple search warrants and conducting digital forensic examinations, law enforcement officials were able to identify four victims. Two of the victims are juveniles from Montgomery County, whom Degiacomo is accused of sexually abusing and producing/transmitting child sexual abuse materials with. Another victim is located in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, where Degiacomo is alleged to have exchanged money for child sexual abuse materials. The fourth victim is from Houston County, Alabama, and police say Degiacomo coerced this victim into sending child sexual abuse materials.

Investigators reveal that Degiacomo made contact with each victim through popular social media platforms like TikTok and Snapchat.

Degiacomo was arraigned on Saturday, and his bail was set at $500,000 cash. He is currently being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11.

Authorities are urging any other potential victims or individuals with information about Degiacomo to come forward and contact Detective Stephen Craig at (215)836-1601 x 1232.

This disturbing case highlights the need for vigilance and cooperation from the community to protect vulnerable children from predators. As the investigation continues, the public is encouraged to remain alert and report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.

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Holding Schools Accountable: Legal Options for Victims of Substitute Teacher Abuse

In the wake of the disturbing arrest of a former Montgomery County substitute teacher on charges of child sex trafficking and abuse, we sat down with veteran sexual abuse lawyer Guy D'Andrea to discuss the legal rights and avenues available to victims sexually abused or exploited at a school. D'Andrea, who has experience representing survivors of school-based sexual abuse, provided crucial insights on how victims can seek justice and hold negligent parties accountable.

Editor Darla Medina: As an experienced sexual abuse attorney, what are some of the key rights and legal avenues available to victims who have been abused by school substitute teachers or a school volunteer?

Attorney Guy D'Andrea: Victims may have the right to seek justice and compensation from not only the perpetrator, but also any negligent parties that may have enabled the abuse to occur. This can include the school district, administration, or others who failed in their duty to properly vet, monitor, and protect students.

Medina: What type of damages can victims potentially recover in lawsuits against the school system?

D'Andrea: Victims may be able to recover damages for the physical and psychological harm caused, as well as any costs associated with counseling, medical treatment, and other recovery efforts. There's also the potential for punitive damages if gross negligence or willful misconduct is proven on the part of the school.

Medina: And what about the statute of limitations - how long do victims typically have to come forward and file civil claims?

D'Andrea: The statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases has been extended significantly in recent years. In Pennsylvania, victims now generally have until age 55 to file civil claims. This provides much more time for survivors to come to terms with their trauma and seek the justice they deserve. However, victims and their families can learn of their specific deadlines by talking with an experienced sexual abuse lawyer.

Medina: That's important information. What would you suggest to any victims or families who may be out there?

D'Andrea: My advice would be to not stay silent. Reach out to law enforcement, victim advocates, and experienced attorneys who can help protect your rights and get you the support and compensation you're entitled to. Justice is possible, even years later.

Medina: Thank you for providing this helpful legal perspective on such a disturbing situation. We appreciate you taking the time to share your insights.

Seeking Justice and Healing for Child Sex Abuse

For victims and families impacted by substitute teacher sexual abuse, it's important to know that you have rights and legal options. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help you understand the process of seeking justice and the potential for recovering damages, including from the school district if negligence is found. If you or a loved one were the victim of abuse, we encourage you to reach out for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and next steps.



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