CHESTER HEIGHTS, PA — A Delaware County high school teacher is facing charges related to inappropriate internet interactions with a former student.
Pennsylvania State Police said Derek Vattelana, 38, of Glenmoore, has been charged with indecent exposure, open lewdness, and possession of an instrument of crime.
Vattelana is accused of having inappropriate internet interactions with an 18-year-old woman who is a recent Garnet Valley High School graduate, police said.
He was arrested Thursday, according to police.
Vattelana is a special education teacher at the high school.
The Garnet Valley School District told Patch the alleged incident, which the district called extremely troubling, occurred in July and off school grounds.
According to the district, state police were notified of the alleged incident when the district’s director of safety and security contacted authorities regarding the allegations.
The district said it’s unclear who initially contacted the director of safety and security regarding the alleged incident.
Vattelana is on administrative leave with no access to the schools or his email, the district said.
He was arraigned and released on $50,000 unsecured bail, police said.
Vattelana’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1, court records show.
Pennsylvania State Police could not release further details on the case.