West Allegheny teacher accused of sex with student to face trial

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A West Allegheny Senior High School math teacher and assistant wrestling coach accused of having sex with a former student and giving her alcohol last spring was held for court today.

William J. Morosetti, 28, of Coraopolis, appeared before Judge Carla M. Swearingen for a preliminary hearing this morning. He has been charged with six felony counts of institutional sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to court records.

According to a police criminal complaint, Mr. Morosetti is accused of having sex six times with his former student, then a senior, between April and June 2012. Five times it was at his home and once at his father's home while Mr. Morosetti was house-sitting, according to a police criminal complaint.

Mr. Morosetti has been suspended from teaching while police investigate the charges, according to a statement from the West Allegheny School District released after his January arrest.

Mr. Morosetti's attorney, Michael D. Foglia, would not speak specifically about his defense strategy, but he did say he took issue with the Pennsylvania law that says a school employee who has sex with a student commits a third-degree felony, calling it "overly broad."

"It encompasses everybody, including consensual adults," he said.

He noted that the woman testified today in court that the exchanges with his client were consensual.

Mr. Foglia said he expects the trial to be scheduled for June or July

The woman, who said she was 18 when the two had sex, has since graduated.

School district superintendent John DiSanti received an anonymous letter from "A Concerned Parent" reporting rumors that a teacher was having "inappropriate relations" with a now-former student.

He sent the letter to North Fayette police Chief Mark O'Donnell.

The student also told investigators the two got drunk at Mr. Morosetti's house, and that she had been intoxicated while engaging in a sexual act, police wrote in the complaint.

A formal arraignment is scheduled for April 25.

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


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