NBC10.com, Doug Shimell
A local science teacher turns herself in on a variety of sexual assault charges involving a 7th grade student.
A 30-year-old Berks County teacher is in big trouble for allegedly having sex with one of her 7th grade students.
Jessica Saienni, 30, a teacher at Southwest Middle School, turned herself into the Berks County Detectives Friday morning, after an investigation into accusations that she carried on a three-month-long sexual relationship with one of her 14-year-old science students.
In a criminal complaint, the boy told police that his relationship with his teacher began in June, around the time of the his 14th birthday, and continued through August. In that time, he says, the two had sex in her car and multiple times at her former home on 3rd Street in Bethlehem Township. He also alleges that the woman sent him photos of her breasts and vagina while reminding him to keep their relationship to himself.
The accused teacher resigned from her position last month, before criminal charges were filed. A warrant was issued for her arrest Thursday and she was arraigned after surrending to detectives Friday morning. She was released on $50,000 bail.
Saienni is the estranged wife of the son of Bethlehem Police Chief Mark Diluzio. Her husband, police officer Michael DiLuzio filed for divorce less than four hours after a detective served a search warrant at the couple's house.
"We're just as shocked as anyone else," the elder DiLuzio told the Morning Call. "This is between her and the authorities in Berks County."
Saienni is facing mutliple charges including Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse and Corruption of Minors.