Pa. teacher charged with 150 sex abuse counts

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HARRISBURG, Pa.(WKBN) –  Authorities say a Pennsylvania high school social studies teacher has been charged with more than 150 child sex abuse counts after they say she sexually abused two students over a three-year period.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Randi Zurenko, of Millerstown, was also charged on Thursday with dozens of counts including institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with minors.

Prosecutors say Zurenko sexually abused two Bishop McDevitt High School students while she was a teacher at the Harrisburg school.

Prosecutors say she had inappropriate contact with one student in 2013. They say she sexually abused a second student from early 2015 to mid-October.

According to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, between January 1, 2013 and October 14, 2016, Zurenko cultivated inappropriate relationships with two separate Bishop McDevitt High School students while she was a teacher at the school.

Victim #1 graduated from the school in 2013.  Prior to victim #1’s graduation, Zurenko engaged in behavior that led to an encounter between the two in Susquehanna Township where Zurenko is accused of massaging victim #1’s back and undid the victim’s bra. On several occasions, both before and after victim #1’s graduation, Zurenko provided alcohol to victim #1 who was underage at all times during these incidents.  Victim #1 was interviewed by police on October 17 and 18, 2016, according to the district attorney.

Beginning in early 2015, Zurenko began a relationship with another student, victim #2.  This relationship continued until October 14, 2016.  Zurenko engaged in multiple sexual acts with victim #2.  Zurenko also photographed victim #2 in various stages of undress as well and took photographs of herself and victim #2 having sexual relations.  Zurenko also sent victim #2 nude ‘selfie’ photos.

Detectives seized Zurenko’s phone and other electronic devices and found numerous nude photographs of the victim.  The sexual encounters with victim #2 took place at various locations to include Swatara Township, Susquehanna Township, parking lots near Union Deposit and Rutherford Roads in Lower Paxton Township, Zurenko’s home in Perry County and at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The last sexual encounter occurred this past Friday on October 14, 2016.

On October 18, 2016, detectives interviewed Zurenko.  During the course of the interview Zurenko admitted to providing both victim #1 and victim #2 alcohol while they were students at Bishop McDevitt.  She also admitted that, while employed as a teacher at Bishop McDevitt High School, she had a sexual relationship with victim #2, a current student at the school.  Zurenko also admitted to taking nude photographs of victim #2.

Zurenko has been placed on administrative leave.

It’s not known if she has a lawyer.

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