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Summit Academy teacher fired, accused of having sex with student

Chuck Biedka
| Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
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A Summit Academy special education teacher has been fired after being accused of having sex with a male student, authorities said.

Jordan Dominique Ondish, 24, of Washington Township, Westmoreland County, is facing a single charge of institutional sexual assault.

The Summit Township, Butler County, school's administration fired Ondish as soon as they learned about the allegations, school spokesman Dick Roberts said Monday.

Court records indicate her attorney is Kevin Abramovitz, who couldn't be reached for comment.

Summit Academy is a private, nonprofit educational rehabilitation facility for juvenile offenders.

According to state police, academy staff related that Ondish received a written warning about “protecting her personal space,” yet she disobeyed facility rules by having the student signed out without having other students or staff with her.

District Judge Lewis E. Stoughton arraigned Ondish on Monday and released her in lieu of $30,000 non-monetary bond pending a preliminary hearing Feb. 13.

According to a police affidavit, Ondish allegedly had sex with the student twice in her classroom last month.

Ondish allegedly told state police that she has been employed at Summit Academy since June and that she was the student's teacher for about four months.

A cellphone was given to him Nov. 24, while they were alone in her classroom, the affidavit said, and school staff found the phone in the student's room the following Monday and contacted state police.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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