Police: York Suburban teacher had sex with student

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
York Suburban High School teacher Michael S. Coy is accused of having sex with a student and was criminally charged on April 1, 2019.

A York Suburban High School teacher is free on bail, accused of having sex with a student. But Suburban's school board could vote to terminate him this week.

Michael S. Coy, 41, had sex with a 17-year-old girl last summer, according to charging documents filed by Spring Garden Township Police.

Coy was arraigned Monday, April 1, by District Judge Jennifer Clancy, who set bail at $25,000, according to court records.

Coy, of the 300 block of South Royal Street in Springettsbury Township, is charged with the third-degree felonies of institutional sexual assault, corruption of a minor and unlawful contact with a minor.

Defense attorney George Margetas, who is representing Coy, said his client maintains his innocence and won't be making a public comment at this point.

The attorney confirmed Coy taught Spanish at the high school. He also said he believes the alleged victim in the case was Coy's student at some point.

"Let's let this play out in court," Margetas said.

According to charging documents, York Suburban School District administrators reported the alleged sexual contact to township police in February.

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Parents alerted: Superintendent Timothy Williams sent a letter to parents and guardians on Feb. 26, alerting them that a district employee was being investigated for apparent inappropriate behavior.

On Monday, Williams sent a follow-up letter announcing that Coy had been arrested.

The letter states district officials placed Coy on administrative leave Feb. 6. Coy was hired to teach in the high school in August 2009, according to the superintendent.

"Based on the findings of our internal investigation, Mr. Coy's administrative leave was changed to unpaid leave on March 4 ... pending the final outcome of the internal District investigation, outside legal investigations, and/or the criminal investigations that resulted in charges against him," Williams wrote.

Williams added that the district "will take appropriate actions to address his employment with the District, up to and including termination."

Coy's employment is expected to be discussed and possibly voted on at Monday night's regular York Suburban School Board planning meeting, according to the meeting agenda.

The agenda states: "The Administration recommends approval of the termination of a District professional employee, Michael Coy, from his position as a Spanish teacher in the York Suburban High School and from his employment with the York Suburban School District."

Williams' letter to parents notes that officials don't believe the alleged sexual misconduct happened on district property.

Text messages: Township Detective James Hott, the lead investigator in the case, noted in charging documents that Coy and the teen sent each other text messages over a period of months.

In June 2018, the contact between Coy and the student culminated in sexual intercourse, according to charging documents filed by Hott.

Investigators examined the girl's cellphone and found that the texts between Coy and the teen started in April 2018 and ended in June 2018, documents state.

"In June 2018, the two begin to schedule to meet," Hott wrote in charging documents. "Also in June 2018 the text communication does turn sexual in nature."

Coy sent at least one photo of himself to the girl, said police, who described it as a nonsexual picture.

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About Coy: Coy created a website about himself in which he states he's taught Spanish for 11 years, starting at Kennard-Dale High School before moving to York Suburban High School.

Coy is a graduate of Central York High School and studied at Penn State York and Millersville University, according to his website, which states he is married and has three young children.

Coy's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 25.

In Monday's letter to parents, Williams asked anyone with information that might be helpful to police to call Hott at the police station, 717-843-0851.

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