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Bishop McDevitt teacher charged with child sex abuse

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 21, 2016 6:24 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Courtesy of Bishop McDevitt High School

(Harrisburg) -- Authorities say a Dauphin County high school social studies teacher has been charged with more than 150 child sex abuse counts after they say she sexually abused two students over a three-year period.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Randi Zurenko of Millerstown has also been charged with dozens of counts including institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with minors.

They say she sexually abused two Bishop McDevitt High School students while she was a teacher at the Harrisburg school.

She allegedly had inappropriate contact with one student in 2013.

They say she sexually abused a second student from early 2015 to mid-October.

Prosecutors say Zurenko admitted she had a sexual relationship with the second student.

Zurenko has been placed on administrative leave.

It's not known if she has a lawyer.

Bishop McDevitt issued the following statement:

It is with great sadness that Bishop McDevitt High School has learned that criminal charges have been filed against staff member Mrs. Randi Zurenko, a Social Studies teacher.  School administrators were advised by authorities on October 18, 2016, of the existence of an investigation into an allegation of an improper relationship with a student.

In keeping with Diocesan policy Mrs. Zurenko was immediately placed on administrative leave while civil authorities continued their investigation.

Actions which are criminal in nature or are deemed a risk to student safety will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. This is required by Diocesan policy.

 Bishop McDevitt High School encourages the reporting of all suspected child abuse to civil authorities via the State Childline at 1-800-932-0313.

For assistance in healing we encourage reporting to the Diocesan Victim's Assistance Coordinator. That can be done confidentially via telephone at 1-800-626-1608 or email: ReportAbuse@hbgdiocese.org.  

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