Teacher at Saltsburg High School charged with raping student

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Pennsylvania State Police today charged a Saltsburg High School teacher with raping a 16-year-old student last year at the school.

Todd D. McCullough, 28, of Apollo, was arraigned this afternoon on charges that also included involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and institutional sexual assault. He is in the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $150,00 straight cash bond.

According to a criminal complaint from state police at the Indiana barracks, Mr. McCullough, an industrial technology teacher, had, over the past few years, touched the girl's hips from behind with both hands, massaged her shoulders and complimented her appearance, once telling her she looked "hot" and that his girlfriend was going to be away that weekend.

In April 2012, Mr. McCullough said inappropriate things to the girl then asked if she could show him her breasts, police wrote. She repeatedly said no, then the teacher asked the girl to come to a back room near the shop with him, where police allege he exposed himself to her.

That time, the bell rang and the girl ran away. A week later, police wrote, Mr. McCullough pulled the girl out of another class and apologized.

A few days later, according to police, he asked the girl to stay after class and raped her in the back room.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.

The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District said in an announcement on its website: 

"The administration of the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District has conducted an internal investigation of a professional employee of the district and believes the employee has violated the policies of the district as well as the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The district will cooperate fully with the Pennsylvania State Police and any and all criminal investigations.

An attorney for Mr. McCullough was not listed in court records.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944.


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