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Ex-school psychologist faces 3rd molestation allegation

| Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003

A girl who told police she was molested by suspended Pittsburgh Public Schools psychologist Donald Stettner did not know two other youngsters recently made similar accusations against him, city police said Wednesday.

The girl, now 13, told a counselor that Stettner, 47, of Spring Hill, had molested her during "medical examinations" at his home in September 2001, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed to support the new charges.

Stettner was arrested on the latest charges late Tuesday and jailed yesterday on $100,000 bond, police said.

"He told her she was not allowed to tell anyone about the examinations because she would get into major trouble," the affidavit states.

Stettner had been free on bond while awaiting trial on the two previous sexual assault cases. City police charged Stettner Tuesday with indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors.

His attorney, William Difenderfer, did not return a call for comment yesterday.

Pittsburgh police arrested Stettner and his former wife, Rosalia Montes, 47, of McKeesport, in January after a 22-year-old man told investigators the couple repeatedly raped him from the time he was 8 until he was 17.

In April, an 8-year-old girl told police that Stettner touched her inappropriately in the nurse's office at Colfax Elementary School in November 2000. At the time, Stettner worked at Colfax and several other city schools.

The school district suspended Stettner with pay from his $69,800-a-year job after the January arrest. After police filed the second set of charges in April, Stettner's status was change to suspended without pay.

At a bond hearing last month before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kevin Sasinoski, prosecutors said that another girl -- who lives in a different county -- had come forward with new allegations.

The girl told her counselor -- who reported the allegation to police -- that Stettner had molested her several times a week during examinations of her genitals from the time she was 11 until she was 12.

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