A former teacher’s aide at Valley Day School in Falls Township is accused of having a relationship with one of her pupils.
Jennilynne Derolf, 38, faces multiple sexual assault charges. She allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student.
Valley Day is a non-profit private school for students ages 4 through 21. It specifically serves students with “histories of acute learning, adjustment, behavioral, and/or emotional needs that are obstacles to achieving success in less restrictive school settings.”
The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office announced charges against Derolf late last week. It came just days after the alleged victim’s grandmother reached out to local police.
“The defendant’s conduct is not only reprehensible, but criminal,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “She not only violated the trust required in any student teacher relationship, but also that trust that children should be able to have in all adults of authority. She will be held accountable for her criminal acts.”
The young teenage boy told investigators his relationship with Derolf became “romantic” in June. They allegedly met three times at Falls Township Community Park.
Derolf has been fired and is being held on 10 percent of $900,000 bail.