Hamburg School Employee Arrested for Sexual Assault on a Student
DEFENDANT: Krista Ann Stump (34 years old)
122 N. Wayne Street
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania 17961
CHARGES: Institutional Sexual Assault
Unlawful Contact with Minor
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On February 13, 2020, the Berks County District Attorney’s Detectives received a Childline Referral from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services, which reported that a school staff member had inappropriate physical contact with a fifteen- year-old male Hamburg Area High School student.
The suspect was employed as a paraprofessional at Hamburg Area High School which is located at 701 Windsor Street, Hamburg, Berks County, Pennsylvania since November 19, 2019.
Detectives interviewed the victim and he disclosed that one of his teachers, identified as Krista Stump, had “come onto” him in a classroom. Stump also requested that the victim add her to his Snapchat account. The victim hesitantly agreed and subsequently started to receive text messages from her. The victim described the incoming text messages from Stump as “weird” and “sexual.” In addition to the text messages, Stump sent the victim nude images of herself. The victim said this went on for approximately two to three weeks.
Also, detectives learned that Stump had indecent contact with the victim, which occurred inside the classroom when they were alone.
On March 5, 2020, detectives filed criminal charges against the defendant, Krista Ann Stump, at Magisterial District Judge Kim Bagenstose’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued. On March 5, 2020, detectives filed criminal charges against the defendant, Krista Ann Stump, at Magisterial District Judge Kim Bagenstose’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued. The defendant surrendered to detectives at M.D.J. Bagenstose’s office where she is awaiting preliminary arraignment. Bail was set at $25,000. She remains free on bail until further court action.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Krista Ann Stump is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.