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Ex-Mt. Lebanon teacher gets probation for sexting student

| Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 4:15 p.m.

A former Mt. Lebanon teacher was sentenced to three years of probation on Monday for pleading guilty to sending sexually explicit messages and texts to a student for several years.

Jason Greenawalt, 33, of Brookline pleaded guilty to criminal use of communications and corruption of minors. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jill E. Rangos ordered him to have no contact with the victim.

Defense attorney Phil DiLucente said he was pleased that the plea deal dropped a more serious charge of unlawful contact with a minor. He said the relationship never advanced into physical contact.

With his plea, Greenawalt would not have to register as a “Megan's Law” sex offender, DiLucente said.

In March, police accused Greenawalt of exchanging explicit messages starting in 2010 with a then-sophomore boy at Mt. Lebanon High School, where Greenawalt directed the choir and high school musicals.

Police said the messages, which the student reciprocated, were sent via cellphone and the messaging feature on a website. They continued after the student graduated in 2012.

The school district suspended Greenawalt without pay upon his arrest and terminated him effective May 20, said spokeswoman Cissy Bowman.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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