The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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July 18, 2007

Former teacher charged with harassing girl, 16

NEW WILMINGTON — A former Wilmington Area High School teacher was charged Wednesday with harassment after a 16-year-old girl said he grabbed her in March at the school, police said.

Thomas C. Tomeo, 59, of 278 Old Mercer Road, Springfield Township, was charged after a lengthy investigation by New Wilmington police, Chief Carmen Piccirillo said.

Tomeo, a social studies teacher who resigned at the end of the 2006-07 school year, made “unwanted, unwelcome and inappropriate physical contact” with the girl after telling her that he could help improve her grades by giving her the answers to an upcoming test, police said.

According to police:

The girl said Tomeo asked her to meet him at about 12:30 p.m. March 20 in an unoccupied chorus room at the high school to discuss her grades and assistance he could provide. The girl said Tomeo swore her to secrecy and proposed giving her the answers to an upcoming test.

The student said he then put his arms around her and pulled her against him before making the inappropriate physical contact. The girl said she told Tomeo she objected and he released her.

The girl reported the incident to the high school’s administration, who then reported it to New Wilmington police.

Piccirillo said he couldn’t say if incident led to Tomeo’s resignation.

Tomeo didn’t return a phone message left Wednesday for comment and Wilmington Superintendent Joyce Nicksick was unavailable, a district secretary said.

Piccirillo said the summary charge was filed with Lawrence County District Judge James Reed.

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