A former teacher’s aide at Valley Day School is dead, according to the Falls Township Police Department. She faced charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an underage student.
The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office announced charges in mid-July against Jennilynne Derolf, 38. She allegedly met several times with the 14-year-old male victim at Falls Township Community Park.
Since then, Derolf had been out on bail. A judge had initially set her bail at 10 percent of $900,000. It was later lowered to 10 percent of $100,000.
It’s not yet clear exactly what happened, but police responded to a call from the victim’s family Sunday afternoon. The family member reported the former teacher’s aide had contacted the victim again and arranged another meeting.
Officers arrived to the area near Bristol Pike and Wheatsheaf Lane shortly after 4:15 p.m. to find Derolf and the juvenile. She then used a firearm to take her own life, according to Police Chief Nelson Whitney.
“The facts and circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation,” said the police department in a statement.
Valley Day is a local 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.”