Former Archdiocesan teacher admits to sex with student

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A former Archbishop John Carroll High School music teacher admitted in court Tuesday that he an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

Jeremiah Triplett, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of institutional sexual assault.

According to charging documents, Triplett would have students come to his office during lunch or study hall. Those students told investigators on several occasions that he gave them marijuana-infused edibles. They say he would also let them vape nicotine products, then kiss them after they blew the nicotine into each others’ mouths.

The complaint also states one of the accusers says Triplett had sex with the other accuser in his office.

Institutional sexual assault is a third-degree felony filed against someone in a position of authority, like a teacher or a coach who has sex with someone they’re in charge of, regardless of that person’s age.

Triplett was placed on administrative leave in March and charged in May. He remains free on bail and will be sentenced in November. He faces up to seven years in prison.

Another former Carroll teacher, Christopher Serpentine, is also accused of institutional sexual assault. Court records show his next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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