By Todd Quinones and Jenn Bernstein
READING, Pa., (CBS) – A Berks County physical education teacher and cheerleading coach is accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a student.
The investigation all began after the school recently received a tip in an email alleging the teacher was sexually involved with a student.
Nicole Kurowski, 27, is now suspended without pay for her job here at Tulpehocken High School, where police allege at times she had indecent contact with the student during school hours.
Ed Albert is the District Duperintendent.
“She was an employee for us for two years as a physical education teacher and cheerleading coach,” he said.
Dating back to October 2012, Police indicate Kurowski and a then 17-year-old Senior began a sexual relationship, and that phone searches revealed the pair spoke nearly daily which included explicit sexual content, repeated I love you messages, evidence pictures were exchanged as well as other text messages.
Pennsylvania State Police say the two went out of their way to hide their relationship, even meeting in inconspicuous places like this area near a senior housing apartment complex.
And police allege when the pair would meet here in the area off Route 183 in Bern Township it’s evident they would have sexual contact.
When Eyewitness News went to the 27-year-old’s Reading home we were greeted by a man at the door, who clearly did not wish to speak to us.
“No thanks,” he said.
Police charged Kurowski with institutional sexual assault and related charges. She was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.