This is Stephanie Amato, a 30-year-old special education teacher at the Ethan Allen School in Northeast Philadelphia. According to the District Attorney’s office, Amato, who taught 8th grade, had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student in her home and in her car in March and April.
Amato has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, interference with the custody of children, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor, indecent assault and indecent exposure. In other words, they’re throwing the book at her.
On Tuesday, Amato posted the following photo to her personal Facebook page, with the caption, "My fav students!" (The faces have been blurred to protect the identities of the minors.)
And this one:
According to Tasha Jamerson, spokesperson for the District Attorney, Amato turned herself into the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit. Amato posted bail on Thursday morning, court records show. It had been set at $125,000. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 24th.