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Schuylkill Valley HS Teacher Arrested


Daniel L. Hornberger, age 54 


On June 1, 2017, detectives from the Berks County District Attorney's Office, Child Abuse Unit, initiated an investigation relative to inappropriate electronic communications between a Schuylkill Valley High School teacher and a 17 year old female student. The teacher was identified as the defendant, Daniel Luke Hornberger.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the defendant and the female student would meet after school hours at multiple locations throughout Berks County, including 3 park areas (Lake Ontelaunee, Grings Mill, & Angelica Park). The defendant did engage in a course of conduct which included indecent contact with the female student. These encounters occurred on numerous occasions from March to June 2017.

During the time that these meetings occurred, the defendant was employed as a teacher at the Schuylkill Valley High School and the 17 year old female was a student in one of the defendant's classes.

On July 12, 2017, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the defendant. The warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Thomas Gauby on the charges of Institutional Sexual Assault and Corruption of Minors.

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 14, 2017, Daniel Hornberger surrendered to Berks County Detectives at their office. The defendant was accompanied by his attorney.

The defendant was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Thomas Gauby and bail was set at $50,000 unsecured. He remains free on bail awaiting further court appearances.