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Derry woman charged with having sex with teen she met while working at juvenile facility

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:24 p.m.

Police this week arrested a Derry woman on sexual assault charges after allegedly finding a 17-year-old boy in her bed who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery after escaping from a juvenile facility.

Rebecca T. Dunn, 44, is free on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Officers investigating an armed robbery potentially involving the teen, who was not named, located him at Dunn's home, police Chief Randy Glick said.

Police learned that the teen frequented Dunn's home and found him there after midnight Nov. 7, Officer Clinton McChesney reported in court documents.

Police did not say why it took so long to file charges against Dunn.

Westmoreland County authorities also wanted the teen after he left a Fairfield Township residential school for juveniles six months earlier, police said. No details were provided as for why a judge committed him to Outside In.

Dunn and the teen met while she worked in the school's cafeteria for a subcontractor, police said. Glick said she is no longer employed there.

Dunn admitted to having sex with the boy and told police she didn't know he was younger than 18, according to court documents. Police believe the sexual activity occurred only at her home, Glick said.

Defense attorney Michael Ferguson said Friday that all options are open in the case.

“We are assessing whether there is a valid basis for the charge and are planning on mounting a vigorous defense if an amicable resolution cannot be reached,” Ferguson said.

Dunn is charged with institutional sexual assault of a minor and interference with custody of a committed person.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 11.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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