New Castle News

January 24, 2013

Teacher charged with sexting, abuse

By Staff
Associated Press

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — A western Pennsylvania high school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexting and fondling a former student.

Court records show that 37-year-old Joseph Rubino of Aliquippa was arraigned on Wednesday and released without bond. He faces nine felony charges, including child pornography and unlawful contact with a minor.

The girl, now 18, reported the alleged abuse to authorities in September. Rubino is a former teacher at Hopewell High School, and he allegedly began texting her when she was a sophomore.

The girl told authorities that Rubino later threatened her  with probation unless she sent him nude pictures.

Hopewell Area School District officials put Rubino on unpaid leave in September. His attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.