Teacher facing new charges after another student accuses him of inappropriate texts

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — A teacher at Valley High School is accused of sending inappropriate messages to a student in new allegations that are similar to ones already made by another student.

He is facing more criminal charges after another victim has come forward, according to police, who also was a student at Valley.

New Kensington police charged Sean O’neil with corruption of minors and harassment after more allegations surfaced, this time involving another 16-year-old student last year.

Detectives say O’neil got the girl’s phone number when students and chaperones’ numbers were exchanged ahead of a school sanctioned band trip in March of last year.

The conversation started innocently before police say it turned to sex and requests for inappropriate pictures from the girl.

At one point, police say the teen thought she was talking to an IUP student about scholarships, but investigators say it was actually O’neil behind the number and fake name, talking about drinking and asking her out.

That conversation took place as recently as last month.

After police charged O’neil last week — with allegedly sending inappropriate texts to another 17 year old student about domination and bondage — O’neil was told he could not come back to school grounds indefinitely.

Channel 11 reached back out to the school district and a spokesperson said they’re continuing to cooperate with the investigation, but couldn’t comment any further.

Channel 11 did not hear back from O’neil or his attorney.