Police: York Tech teacher fondled student in school store

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York County School of Technology teacher is free on bail, accused of fondling a student in a storage room of the school store while the boy's mother was nearby.

Kevin Eugene Nagle, 42, of McSherrystown, is free on $50,000 unsecured bail, charged with the third-degree felonies of institutional sexual assault and corruption of a minor, according to court records.

Kevin Nagle

Technology school spokeswoman Renie Mezzanotte emailed The York Dispatch a statement in response to a phone message seeking comment about Nagle's current employment status. It reads:

"The York County School of Technology was notified (Monday) that criminal charges were filed against one of its teachers, Mr. Nagle. Mr. Nagle is not currently reporting to work at York County School of Technology, and he has not been in his teaching position since school officials were apprised of underlying allegations associated with these charges."

It also states that school officials, upon learning of the allegations, immediately shared them with police, "and all mandatory reporting processes were followed."

Resigned: The statement also notes that the school has cooperated and continues to cooperate with police, and that school officials have received and accepted Nagle's resignation.

An online "mini-board report" from the school's joint operating committee dated Nov. 22 states that Nagle's resignation becomes effective Jan. 10, 2017.

In response to questions about what classes Nagle taught and when parents were notified, Mezzanotte said she could not comment further.

York Area Regional Police Detective Donald E. Hopple Jr. filed charges Monday, and Nagle was arraigned Monday afternoon by District Judge Scott Laird.

According to charging documents, on Nov. 18 a 17-year-old student reported to a school resource officer that he had been sexually assaulted by Nagle.

The student and his mother went to the school's store — called the Spart Mart after the school's Spartan mascot — about 3 p.m. Nov. 11 so he could buy a new shirt, documents state.

Store manager: While there, he started speaking with Nagle, who in addition to teaching at the school also served as manager of the school store, police said.

Nagle ostensibly was helping the teen select a properly sized shirt, and the teen accompanied him to a storage room in the back of the store to try on a different size shirt, according to documents.

Nagle then asked the teen if he wanted to be sized for pants, police said.

"Nagle asked him if he was wearing underwear and the victim said no," documents state.

He then asked the teen "if he could pull down his pants to get a better measurement with his tailors tape," documents allege.

The teen stepped back outside, at which point he, his mother and Nagle had a short conversation before the teen and Nagle returned to the storage room, according to police.

The allegations: Once in the storage room again, Nagle pulled down the teen's pants without asking and began to measure the teen's inseam, touching the teen's genitals in the process, documents allege.

"The victim stated Nagle asked him if he was cold or nervous and that he could talk to him, that they all had the same body parts," documents allege.

Police allege Nagle twice cupped the teen's penis and testicles while purportedly measuring the boy for pants, according to charging documents.

After about 30 minutes, the teen pulled up his pants, left the storage room and rejoined his mother, police said.

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School security video showed the teen and Nagle were in the back room for about 25 minutes, documents state.

Detective Hopple wrote in charging documents that he called Nagle on Nov. 21 to ask about the allegations.

"He told me that he was on the other line with his attorney and was not to come and talk to me," Hopple wrote.

'About the instructor': Reached Tuesday morning, Nagle referred questions to his Harrisburg-based defense attorney, Robert Daniels Jr., who did not return a message seeking comment.

Nagle's "about the instructor" page on the technology school's website has been removed.

However, Google cached a version of the page, which reads:

"When I am not busy teaching my classes at YCST, I teach graduate classes for Wilkes University and enjoy spending time with my family. I am an avid computer user, and am constantly looking at new and different information."

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.