Mt. Lebanon choir director waives hearing on sexting charges

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A Mt. Lebanon High School choir director accused of sexting a student for years has waived a preliminary hearing and will head to court on the charges.

A male student, who has since graduated, told police he received sexually explicit messages from 33-year-old Jason W. Greenawalt while at school and at home starting in November 2010, Mt. Lebanon police wrote in a criminal complaint.

Mr. Greenawalt has been charged with corruption of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility. He is scheduled to be formally arraigned in May.

The former student told police in addition to sexting, 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 contact never escalated to sex, the former student told police.

Police said he also told them he "entertained the sexual conversations with Greenawalt over a three-year period because he felt manipulated and trapped by Greenawalt," police wrote in the complaint.

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.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. First Published March 22, 2013 12:30 AM


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