The case of a Warren County school district teacher who allegedly engaged in inappropriate conduct with a district student is moved to the Court of Common Pleas.
Rachel E. Lasecki, 26, of Warren, is charged with sexual interference with a student, aggravated indecent assault – without consent, unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses, two counts of corruption of minors and indecent assault – without consent.
A preliminary hearing in the case was held Wednesday afternoon before District Judge Raymond Zydonik.
The alleged victim was the only witness to testify at the hearing.
According to the student, she and Lasecki developed a friendship in September 2021.
They met at various places – for lunch, “at the playground” and “just talk or take walks” – “just the two of us.”
She testified that they sometimes smoked marijuana.
On one occasion in October, they went to a location not far from the alleged victim’s home, she said.
“She came to pick me up near my house” at 11 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. in the evening, she said. They drove, then walked to a grassy area, sat down and “smoked marijuana” of a vape pen.
She said it started to rain. They searched for the keys for a long time. When they returned to the car – “we were soaked” she says.
She described how Lasecki allegedly had sexual contact with her.
Assistant District Attorney Casey Strickland asked the alleged victim if she had ever consented to any type of sexual contact.
“Nope,” she says.
The alleged victim said Lasecki told her she was sorry as she drove her home.
Attorney Elizabeth Feronti, representing Lasecki, questioned the alleged victim about her relationship with the defendant after the alleged incident.
The alleged victim said he spoke the next day.
“Did you continue to be friends? » asked Feronti.
“Yes,” said the alleged victim.
She said she didn’t tell anyone about the incident until months later, when she told a school social worker.
The purpose of a preliminary investigation is to determine if there is enough evidence to support that a crime has been committed and that the accused is likely to be the person who committed it. It is not a determination of guilt.
Zydonik said all charges will be related to the Court of Common Pleas.
Bail remained at $25,000 with no security.
The arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15.