A Pennsylvania school teacher is behind bars after being accused of raping one of his teenage students. The industrial arts teacher, or what most of us refer to as the shop teacher, reportedly raped a student back in April 2012 at Saltsburg High School, but he was just arraigned today. Police were only told of the incident last week and were forced to do some quick investigating. And sadly, they are convinced this incident is not the only one and are still investigating and trying to determine if more students were subjected to abuse at the hands of this teacher.
The teacher accused of raping a 16-year-old girl is Todd McCullough. He is 28 and has been teaching at the school for five years. That leaves a long list of girls who may have been victimized by this man. As of now, the man is still sitting in jail and doesn’t have an attorney, yet. He may want to think about getting one in a hurry. According to Trooper John Matchik, “There’s a good chance additional charges could be pending.”
However, before the man is set in front of a firing squad, the story should be explained. Last week, another student went to authorities after hearing a rumor about the alleged incident. She says she was in fear she was next on his list. The rumor led to an investigation and the girl who was violated explained the abuse had ensued for months before the actual rape. She describes the teacher touching her hips from behind and rubbing her shoulders. He also reportedly told the girl she looked “hot” and dropped hints by saying his girlfriend was going to be gone for the weekend. On another occasion, he got her into a back room area and “exposed” himself to her. She was saved by the bell literally and bolted.
McCullough apologized, but it was short-lived and he reportedly wanted a tit for tat situation. He showed her his and he wanted to see her breasts. She always refused. Then he asked her to stay after class and she was once again led into the backroom. This time, instead of just flashing his genitals, he actually raped her. He manipulated her into keeping the incident a secret by telling her her reputation was on the line. She did tell one friend, but other than that kept quiet.
He has a lot to answer for and the police are throwing the book at him. He was arrested at the school and hauled off in handcuffs. His arrest record shows he was taken in for; rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, institutional assault, corruption of minors, indecent exposure, harassment, disorderly conduct, open lewdness and two counts each of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault. They are not playing around.
Considering that happened over a year ago, it is scary to think how many other young females may have been subjected to this man’s advances. He has not defended himself one way or another or tried to scream from the rooftops he is innocent. It seems unlikely police would go through this much trouble if they had not found some kind of evidence to support the girl’s story.