A high school principal in Pennsylvania was arrested and charged with more than 30 felonies for inappropriate sexual relations with a male student over the course of seven years.
On Tuesday, Roger Weaver Freed, 34, was charged with 30 counts of indecent sexual contact with a student, one count of sexual assault, one count of aggravated indecent assault, one count of child molestation and three counts of providing alcohol to a minor. , according to the protocol of the court.
Police said Freed began a relationship with the now college student in 2015, when the boy was in high school. The relationship became sexual two years later and continued after the student graduated from high school until it ended in April a few months ago, according to an affidavit.
The student told investigators that he first became close to Freed after the death of a family member. He began turning to the educator for emotional support and said he “trusted Free ‘like a big brother’,” the document says.
Their relationship soon escalated into off-school time, and Freed volunteered to give the student a ride to various locations so they could “talk one on one”.
The student said he considered the teacher and himself “bros” and said they could talk about anything, including his sexuality. According to police, they regularly texted, called and communicated with each other via FaceTime.
In 2017, the relationship between Fried and the student became sexual, and the director asked the boy to promise not to tell anyone, stressing that he could lose his job.
The student said he felt “irresistible guilt” after the first sexual encounter, according to the affidavit.
The couple continued to have sex four to five times a week for the next two years of high school. The student told police that their relationship continued when he graduated from high school and went to college.
Freed was charged Tuesday and released under supervision after posting $175,000 bail. He is required to wear an ankle bracelet at all times and is prohibited from having contact with minors or the victim.
Freed, who serves as the principal of Williamsport Area High School, was suspended by the school board on pay, according to PennLive.