Gateway High School group principal James Hoeltje faces a charge of selling or supplying alcohol to a minor, according to a criminal complaint.

On Monday, a note went to parents in the district, informing them that an investigation into a high school employee was underway. The memo read, “Due to the nature of these disturbing charges, the employee will remain suspended and the district will proceed with the termination as dictated by the PA school.”

According to the district’s website, Hoeltje became the group’s manager in 2016.

The music camp, which was due to start on Monday, was postponed following the charges against Hoeltje.

Gateway Band Boosters chairman Mary Chase told Channel 11 they were informed of the change in a letter over the weekend.

Chase sent a statement to Channel 11:

“The Gateway Band Boosters is aware of the information based on Dr Short’s email and the recent police charges, and we are saddened by what has happened. We are grateful that the Monroeville Police and Gateway School District are looking out for the best interests of our children, and we fully support our children and the group. We are grateful that the Gateway School District chose to delay the start of band camp to ensure the safety of our children. We would not want a child to be subjected to an avalanche of questions as part of this investigation. We ask the media to respect the privacy of our children during this time, and especially when the music camp begins. »

According to the complaint, an 18-year-old former Gateway student described to police several incidents involving Hoeltje that began in January.

The victim said Hoeltje shared his family struggles with her and considered her his best friend. The complaint said that on a trip to Virginia, Hoeltje “molested” her while they were both drinking alcohol.

The teenager said they started texting and Snapchatting each other in January 2022. According to her, the majority of communication was via Snapchat. The complaint said the text messages, Snapchats and in-person conversations were sometimes sexual in nature, and Hoeltje discussed his sex life with his wife. The victim also said that Hoeltje often hugged her or held her hand when they were alone in his office.

According to the complaint, the victim told police that while on a group trip to Virginia Beach in late April, she went to Hoeltje’s room, where he provided her with two airplane bottles of vodka and whisky, which she had drunk. The victim said she became dizzy and lay on the bed, where Hoeltje then climbed on top of her and tried to kiss her several times before she could “squirm” under him.

The criminal complaint says Hoeltje provided the teenager with a bottle of vodka the night before the prom.

The criminal complaint says Hoeltje admitted to buying alcohol for the teenager at her request. He also acknowledged that he probably crossed a line and shared too much of his personal life with her.

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