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Pennsylvania principal charged with 30 counts of sexual contact with pupil that continued for years

Pennsylvania director, 34, is charged with 30 counts of sexual contact with a male student after a year-long relationship that continued after he enrolled in college

  • A Pennsylvania principal is accused of long-term relationship with a student
  • Roger Weaver Freed, 34, is charged with 30 counts of intercourse and contact with a student
  • He has since been suspended with pay from Williamsport Area High School

A Pennsylvania school principal has been charged with 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student.

According to documents, the student relied on former Williamsport Area High School principal Roger Weaver Freed, 34, for emotional support after a family member passed away and trusted him “like an older brother.”

Freed is accused of having a longstanding sexual relationship with the student that continued after the student completed high school and while he was attending college.

He faces 30 counts of third-degree felony, school intercourse/sexual contact with a student, among several other charges, including third-degree felony corruption of minors — suspect aged 18 or older, second-degree felony sexual assault, second-degree aggravated indecent assault without consent, and three offenses of supplying alcohol to a minor, according to court documents.

The 34-year-old Pennsylvania high school principal Roger Weaver Freed has been charged, according to court documents, on 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student.

The 34-year-old Pennsylvania high school principal Roger Weaver Freed has been charged, according to court documents, on 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student.

Freed met the student while working at the Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania (pictured)

Freed met the student while working at the Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania (pictured)

The student, who was attending Williamsport Area Middle School at the time, approached Freed around 2015 after noting that he was popular with students at the high school’s service center, according to the affidavit.

The student believed he could lean on Freed for emotional support after one of his relatives passed away, police said.

The school conversations turned into “numerous after-school interactions” starting in 2015 and progressing through 2018, when the student graduated from high school, court documents said.

The sexual relationship lasted until April 2022, the affidavit said.

The student told police that Freed volunteered to take him to various locations for “one-on-one conversations,” where he was assured that he “could talk about anything,” especially his sexuality, the document says.

In 2017, the student and Freed discussed sexually advancing their relationship one night as they drove through Williamsport, the affidavit said.

After driving to a parking lot, Freed told the student to promise not to tell anyone and said, “I could lose my job because of this,” while massaging the student’s shoulders, the affidavit said.

The student said he felt “overwhelmingly guilty” about the first sexual encounter, according to the affidavit.

The two continued to engage in sexual acts “4-5 times a week, always at night, for the next two years of high school,” the document said.

The student told police he continued an emotional and sexual relationship with Freed through the remainder of his senior year of high school and college.

Freed was arraigned Tuesday and his bail was set at $175,000.

A spokesperson for the Williamsport Area School District released the following statement regarding Freed’s arrest:

“In light of the charges filed yesterday against Williamsport Area High School principal, Dr. Roger Freed, the Williamsport Area School District wants to give an official answer.

“As per school policy and procedure, Dr. Freed suspended with pay. The school district is working with authorities as they continue their investigation.

‘The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. Should a student wish to speak with a supervisor, the guidance service is only available by appointment by calling 570-323-8411.’

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