Montco Woman, School Counselor Sexually Assaulted 14-Year-Old: DA

PERKASIE, PA — A middle school counselor and Montgomery County woman sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student, police announced this week.

Kelly Schutte, 35, a Pennsburg resident and an employee with the Pennridge School District, was arraigned Friday morning in Montgomery County District Court in Upper Perkiomen Township.

Pennridge School District said they became aware of allegations in July against Schutte and immediately placed the South Middle School employee on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. She was also restricted from entering the school district premises or having any contract with district students and staff.

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Schutte grew close to the boy in the fall of 2022 while sitting with him on the school bus during a class trip, and their sexual relationship began in June 2023, according to NBC Philadelphia. They were caught in Schutte’s home by one of Schutte’s friends in July, and the boy told his parents, the report states.

“While we refrain from making premature judgments about the actions of the staff member facing prosecution, it is crucial to reiterate the district’s stance against any inappropriate contact between a Pennridge School District employee and a student. Such behavior will NOT be tolerated,” said Angelo Berrios, the superintendent of the Pennridge School District in a statement released on the school district’s website. “We want to assure you that the district is fully cooperating with the District Attorney’s Office.”

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Schutte was charged with three counts of intercourse and sexual contact with a student, one count of corruption of minors, and three counts of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.

She is being held on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 20.

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