Main Line Music Teacher Has Sex With Student, Gives Her Edibles, Police Say - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Main Line Music Teacher Has Sex With Student, Gives Her Edibles, Police Say

Jeremiah Triplett was arrested and charged with corruption, endangerment and sexual contact with minors.

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    Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Student

    Jeremiah Triplett was a music teacher at Archbishop John Carroll high school. He is now out of a job and behind bars after being accused of having sex with an underage student.

    (Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Jeremiah Triplett was arrested and charged with corruption, endangerment and sexual contact with a minor.

    • Triplett was a teacher at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor.

    • He's accused of having sex with a student and providing her and another student marijuana edibles.

    A Main Line music teacher is accused of having sex with a student and providing her and another student with marijuana edibles. 

    Jeremiah Triplett, 30, of Dresher, Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to a minor. He had no comment as he was walked past reporters in handcuffs ahead of a preliminary arraignment Wednesday morning.

    On March 26, Radnor Police received a report from Children and Youth Services in regards to possible child abuse at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor Township. Investigators determined Triplett, a teacher at the school, was having a sexual relationship with a student and giving her drug-infused food. They received another report claiming that Triplett “made out” with a second female student.

    Police interviewed the girls who claimed they often had lunch with Triplett in his classroom even though this was frowned upon at the school, investigators said. Triplett also used vaping products with the girls and they would sometimes “shotgun” or blow the smoke into each other’s mouths before kissing each other, according to the criminal complaint.

    The girls also told investigators Triplett gave them liquor, gummy candy laced with CBD oil, brownies as well as other treats laced with marijuana on multiple occasions, police said.

    Triplett is also accused of having sex with one of the girls in his office on at least one occasion.

    Archbishop Carroll placed Triplett on leave last month. Triplett was also the musical director at the local church St. Katharine of Siena but was placed on leave before Easter.

    Marita Finley, a parent of students at Archbishop Carroll, told NBC10 she and her family spoke to Triplett on several occasions.

    "It's heartbreaking for everybody involved," she said.

    "All my kids have had contact. We've all had contact from the school and the parish and I never had any indication or any feeling whatsoever that anything wasn't right."

    A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia also released a statement on Triplett.

    "Prior to beginning employment at Archbishop Carroll, Mr. Triplett obtained clear criminal record checks as well as child abuse clearances," the spokesperson wrote. "In addition, he completed mandatory safe environment training programs."

    Triplett was arraigned and posted bail Wednesday, court records said.

    Investigators are asking any other possible victims to call Radnor Police at 610-688-0503.