Wilmington-area high school music teacher charged with inappropriate relationship with student

A Wilmington Area High School music teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Olivia Ortz, 26, of Hermitage was charged Tuesday with unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a means of communication and two counts of institutional sexual assault.

The charges stem from an investigation launched on April 18.

Ortz’s husband, who also works as a contract employee with the school district, told the school about his wife’s alleged affair with a 17-year-old student, according to a New Wilmington police report.

The director and Mr. Ortz jointly reported the matter to the Childline online reporting service, which reported it to the police.

Officers spoke to the student, who police say admitted to the relationship and being at Ortz’s house when the husband was traveling.

“The student indicated that at first (they) viewed Olivia Ortz as a ‘safe adult’ who she trusted and confided in about her personal issues and relationship issues, but then it went downhill. is transformed into a romantic relationship,” the police report said.

Police said detectives issued a search warrant to Ortz’s home and seized his cell phone, iPad and a DNA sample.

Officers discovered that the teacher and student had posted more than 100 messages for each other on Spotify from May 10-11 alone.

Online court documents say Ortz remains in the Lawrence County jail, unable to post $150,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 31 before District Judge Richard A. Russo.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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