Mt. Lebanon High School choir director surrenders to police after sexting allegation

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The Mt. Lebanon High School choir director accused of sexting a student for years surrendered to police this morning.

Jason W. Greenawalt, 33, was arraigned and taken to the Allegheny County Jail with bond set at $20,000. He has been charged with corruption of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.

A male student, who has since graduated, told police he received sexually explicit messages from Mr. Greenawalt while at school and at home starting in November 2010, Mt. Lebanon police Officer Paul Petras wrote in a criminal complaint.

The exchanges were via text and GrindR, a social networking app for gay men, sometimes used for hooking up.

The former student said he first became friends with Mr. Greenawalt because both were involved in the school marching band.

In summer 2011, the former student said he stopped using GrindR. It was around the time a Mt. Lebanon High School track coach was arrested for having sex with a student, news that prompted Mr. Greenawalt to remind the man to keep quiet, according to the compliant.

The texts from Mr. Greenawalt continued, sometimes sent early in the morning or late at night, Officer Petras wrote.

The former student told police Mr. Greenawalt would ask him to send pictures, but he declined. Mr. Greenawalt once sent the former student an image of himself in a bathing suit, according to the complaint.

The two never had sex, although Mr. Greenawalt would sometimes touch the former student's stomach with the back of his hand at school, according to the complaint.

The exchanges continued even after graduation, the former student told police.

He told police he "entertained the sexual conversations with Greenawalt over a three year period because he felt manipulated and trapped by Greenawalt," Officer Petras wrote.

Mr. Greenawalt began teaching at the high school in 2004 and has been musical director for the annual spring musical. He also supervised choral activities and was band auxiliary sponsor.

In a letter to parents, superintendent Timothy Steinhauer said the district promptly notified police Monday after the former student accused Mr. Greenanwalt.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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