Former Johnstown substitute teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

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Police arrested a former substitute teacher and assistant band director at the Greater Johnstown School District, who police accuse of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Police arrested 27-year-old Jonathon Donath after receiving a tip that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

School officials said they were notified of the alleged abuse on Friday. Donath was arrested Monday.

According to a criminal complaint, Donath worked as a substitute at the school for several years and resigned in January.

“As a dad, it infuriates me and makes me want to lose control,” parent Ramey Krinjeck said.

Police said Donath’s relationship with the teen started in December 2016 and lasted until June 2017. The alleged sexual contact took place in Donath’s home, where the victim told police she had sex with Donath about once a week.

Donath admitted to having sex with the student but said it only took place between March and April of last year. He also told police he that the relationship continued after the student graduated but ended the relationship in October, according to the criminal complaint.

“He’s in a position of power. He’s in a position to take advantage. It shouldn’t happen,” parent Crystal Routch said.

Donath is charged with institutional sexual assault. He is currently out of jail after posting bond.   

The Cambria County District Attorney’s  Office said no other students have come forward with allegations of abuse.

The school district released the following statement:

“On January 19th the District was notified that a former long term substitute had allegations of sexual assault filed against him. On the same date and time the District responded in accordance with all applicable laws and District policies. More importantly, Greater Johnstown School District has and will be cooperating with any and all local agencies in compliance with all State and Federal Laws. Due to this being a personnel matter the District is unable to release any information surrounding these events and/or the pending investigation into these matters; however, this matter has been turned over to local law enforcement at this time and the District will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement.”

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