Kelly Aldinger was hit with institutional sexual assault charges Tuesday morning and held on $50,000 bail, according to the Allentown Morning Call.
Kelly Aldinger, 49, is led from the office of District Judge Daniel Corpora on May 17, 2016. She is charged with having sex with a 17-year-old in Easton Cemetery
The troubling tryst was discovered when, according to court records, Officer Joseph Arredondo with the Easton Police Department saw a silver Chevrolet Equinox parked in the Easton Cemetery while he was out patrolling the area on May 6. He approached the vehicle and realized there was a couple copulating inside.
Upon questioning the pair, he discovered that Aldinger was a sub teacher and the teenage boy was a junior at the local high school.
The lovebirds admitted that they’d been in a relationship since last fall, when the boy was just 16. In subsequent investigations into the wayward teacher, police did not discover any other victims. Aldinger, who lives at home with her parents, appeared in district court Tuesday, where she surrendered to police.
She did not offer any comment to reporters on scene as she was taken out to the police car in handcuffs.
The graveyard’s superintendent, Jeff Mutchler, told the Allentown paper that he wasn’t aware of the recent incident but knew that sex in the cemetery was an ongoing problem.
“Because it’s secluded, quiet, we do have people come in here and they’re disrespecting the families of the people that are buried here,” he said.
Source4Teachers, the company that employed Aldinger, issued a statement saying that the sub had been suspended indefinitely.
“The safety of students is always Source 4 Teachers’ top priority,” a spokesman said
“We are cooperating with the district and law enforcement to provide any necessary information or assistance they need to perform their investigation and resolve this matter.”
Until at least sometime last year, Aldinger served as council president at St. Paul’s III Lutheran Church, according to the Lehigh Valley news site.
Because 16 is the age of consent in the Keystone State, Aldinger does not face statutory rape charges — but if found guilty on the institutional sexual assault, she could still face 7 years behind bars and a $15,000 fine.
She was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail after being arraigned on the charge Tuesday morning.