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Penn Trafford teacher accused of stalking student



TRAFFORD, Pa. - A Penn Trafford teacher is accused of stalking a student.

According to the criminal complaint, high school Spanish teacher Michael Garet sent inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old student.

Garet has been suspended from his job.

The student alerted police, saying the attention was more than that of a concerned friend.

According to the complaint, Garet showed up at the gym to visit the student and asked when the student was working.

Garet is also accused of inviting the student to his home when his wife was away.

“We were able to capture, seize and read a significant number of text messages along with additional electronic  communication to the point, where we were comfortable  that the contact between this staff member and that student was absolutely inappropriate and certainly criminal in nature," said Chief John Otto of Penn Township police.

A school resource officer charged Garet with stalking, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Garet's due in court in September.