A Pennsylvania high school teacher has been accused of having sex with one of her students after her husband reported them to police.
Cops said Olivia Ortz, 26, had an affair with a 17-year-old girl who attended high school in Wilmington, the New Castle News reported. Ortz was the music and choir teacher at the school about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Cody Ortz, Olivia’s husband, discovered the relationship after a band musical trip to Florida in April and immediately reported it, according to New Castle News. Cody Ortz is a committed bandleader who led the school musical this year and often worked at Wilmington High on other projects.
Police say Olivia Ortz’s relationship with the teenager began in March and continued into May – even after Cody Ortz found out. Cops said Olivia Ortz and the teen met several times for physical sex while Cody Ortz was not home, the New Castle News reported.
As a contracted employee with a high school, Cody Ortz was obligated to report exploitation, abuse, or sexual misconduct if he suspected it. Olivia Ortz was suspended from her job immediately after her husband reported her; she then resigned.
Officers searched the Ortz home on May 5 and seized Olivia’s iPad and cell phone, Youngstown NBC affiliate WFMJ reported. Despite this, Ortz and the teenager continued to communicate using Spotify’s messaging platform, police said.
The 17-year-old told police she went to Ortz’s home after her husband found out, but only to “comfort” her, according to Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE.
Communication between the two was only cut off after the teenager’s father grabbed all of her electronic devices, WFMJ reported.
Olivia Ortz was charged on Friday with two counts of intercourse/sexual touching with a student and one count of unlawful contact with a minor for sex offenses, according to the New Castle News. However, she did not surrender immediately, even singing at a concert on Sunday before her surrender on Monday.
Ortz posted $150,000 bond and was released soon after.