Puterbaugh
Puterbaugh

The Dover Area school board on Monday formally fired an intermediate school music teacher facing a host of child pornography and molestation charges.

With a 6-0 vote, the board terminated Matthew B. Puterbaugh's role at the school.

Puterbaugh, 47, of 1000 Conewago Road in Dover Township, was placed on unpaid leave when allegations that he inappropriately touched a student were made earlier this year.

Charges against Puterbaugh were bound over to the York County courts in July.

"I guess we were waiting for everything to be finalized," board president Terry Emig said after the meeting.

"We want to have that issue put behind us," he said.

Board members Kristen Ventre, Kelly Mefford and Christy Rehm were not present at the meeting.

Charges: In March, Northern York County Regional Police filed 661 counts of possession of child pornography against Puterbaugh, which in May were amended to seven counts, all third-degree felonies, according to court records.

Police also allege Puterbaugh had sex with a female student multiple times.

The relationship started when the girl was 12 and Puterbaugh was her fourth-grade music teacher.

It ended when she was 16, according to testimony from a preliminary hearing.

In that case, Puterbaugh is charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault.

Thirteen other young women testified Puterbaugh either touched them or videotaped them without their permission.


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At least four girls also said Puterbaugh touched their thighs, shoulders and buttocks during class time.

For those allegations, he is charged with numerous offenses including invasion of privacy, intercepting communications and corruption of minors.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.