Former PA teacher will get new trial in sex case

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 25, 2013 7:25 AM


(Lancaster) -- A former central Pennsylvania teacher has been granted new trials on charges that she had sex with a student and another teenager.

A state Superior Court overturned the Lancaster County convictions and 20- to 40-year sentence of 35-year-old Christy Lee Smith.

Police said the teens were 15 and 17 at the time of the alleged relationships from 2008 to 2010, and one met the former McCaskey High teacher at school and  the other at a dance class.

Smith was also charged with child pornography in connection with photos of the older youth. The appeals court ruled that the two cases shouldn't have been tried at the same time.

Prosecutors say they will decide whether to appeal or proceed with a retrial.

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