Pennsylvania principal, 34, is charged with 30 counts of sexual contact with a male student after years-long relationship that continued after he enrolled in college
- A Pennsylvania principal is accused of having years-long relationship with pupil
- Roger Weaver Freed, 34, is charged with 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student
- He has since been suspended with pay from Williamsport Area High School
A Pennsylvania high school principal has been charged with 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student.
Documents say the pupil had relied on former principal of Williamsport Area High School Roger Weaver Freed, 34, for emotional support after a family member had died and trusted him 'like an older brother'.
Freed is accused of having a years long sexual relationship with the student that continued after the student graduated high school and while he was attending college.
He is charged with 30 counts of third-degree felony school-intercourse/sexual contact with a student, in addition to several other charges, which include third-degree felony corruption of minors -- defendant age 18 or above, second-degree felony sexual assault, second-degree aggravated indecent assault without consent, and three misdemeanor counts of furnishing liquor to a minor, court documents show.
Pennsylvania high school principal Roger Weaver Freed, 34, has been charged with 30 counts of sexual intercourse and contact with a student, according to court documents filed
Freed met the student while working at Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania (pictured)
The student, who was attending Williamsport Area Middle School at the time, approached Freed around 2015 after noticing he was popular with students at the middle school service center, according to the affidavit.
The student believed he could lean on Freed for emotional support after one of his family members died, police said.
The in-school conversations turned into 'numerous after school interactions' beginning in 2015 and progressing through 2018, when the student graduated high school, court documents said.
The sexual relationship continued until April 2022, the affidavit said.
The student told police that Freed volunteered to drive him to various locations for 'one-on-one conversations', where he was assured he 'could talk about anything', especially his sexuality, the document said.
In 2017, the student and Freed discussed advancing their relationship sexually one evening while driving around Williamsport, the affidavit said.
After driving to a parking lot, Freed told the student to promise to not tell anybody and said 'I could lose my job over this,' while massaging the student's shoulders, the affidavit said.
The student said he felt 'overwhelming guilt' about the initial sexual encounter, according to the affidavit.
The two continued to engage in sexual acts '4-5 times a week, always at night, throughout the next two years of high school,' the document said.
The student told police he continued an emotional and sexual relationship with Freed throughout the remainder of his senior year in high school and into college.
Freed was arraigned Tuesday and his bail was set at $175,000.
A Williamsport Area School District spokesperson released the following statement concerning Freed's arrest:
'In light of the charges filed yesterday against Williamsport Area High School principal Dr. Roger Freed, the Williamsport Area School District wishes to provide an official response.
'As per school policy and procedure, Dr. Freed is suspended from his position with pay. The school district is cooperating with authorities as they continue their investigation.
'The safety and well-being of our students is our first priority. Should any student wish to speak to a counselor, counseling services will be available by appointment only by calling 570-323-8411.'