Pennsylvania

Ex-Teacher and Coach Accused of Sexting and Assaulting at Least 6 Students

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub and Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced additional charges on Thursday against Christian Howard Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

What to Know

  • A former teacher and high school girls’ soccer coach accused of sexually assaulting a student and sexting another faces more charges.
  • Christian Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, is accused of sexually assaulting at least 4 students in the Lehigh County.
  • Willman was initially charged in May with sexting and assaulting two students at Palisades High School in Nockamixon Township.

A former teacher and high school soccer coach who was charged earlier this year with sexually assaulting a student and sexting another is now accused of sexually assaulting at least four other students at a different high school several years ago. 

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub and Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced additional charges on Thursday against Christian Howard Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.

Willman was a teacher and boy's soccer coach at Parkland High School in South Whitehall Township from 2001 to 2011 and a teacher and girl's soccer coach at Palisades High School in Nockamixon Township from 2011 to April of 2018.

Willman was first charged in May with texting explicit messages to two female students at Palisades High School between 2013 and 2018. He also allegedly sexually assaulted one of the students.

On Thursday, officials announced four more people came forward and accused Willman of sexually assaulting them while he taught at Parkland High School. He is charged with four counts of corruption of minors and four counts of child pornography.

Weintraub described Willman's behavior as "predatory in nature."

"He essentially created an assembly line for his twisted sexual perversion," Weintraub said. "All of his victims are young women. All were students at the schools in which he taught. He waits for them to turn age 16. He then resorts to flattery, then to text messages, then physical abuse."

During his time at Parkland High School from 2001 to 2011, Willman worked as a Technology Education teacher, technical director of theater productions, stagecraft advisor and an assistant boys' soccer coach. A spokesperson for the Parkland School District said they were first aware of the allegations against Willman in March of this year and that they reported it to the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office immediately.

Investigators believe more victims are out there and are asking anyone with information on Willman to come forward.

"You may not consider yourself to be a victim, in the traditional sense of the word, but let us be the judge of whether or not you were one of his victims," Weintraub said. "You are not alone, and you should not feel embarrassed to come forward and stand up for yourself."

Anyone with additional information should contact Trooper Christopher Cleveland at Pennsylvania State Police Dublin at 215-766-5030.

Willman remains jailed in lieu of bail set at 10 percent of $1 million.

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