A former instructor at a Montgomery County Christian college is accused of getting a sexual relationship with one in every of his college students.
Jason Kavistan, 39, of Philadelphia, was arrested Tuesday and charged with institutional sexual assault, endangering the welfare of youngsters, corruption of minors and illegal contact with a minor.
Kavistan was a instructor at Huntingdon Valley Christian Academy (HVCA). Police stated the investigation started final February when the principal reported seeing Kavistan alone with one in every of his college students, a teen lady, inside a locked room with the blinds closed.
Kavistan and the teenager had been each totally clothed and denied that something inappropriate occurred, investigators stated. After the lady left the college and moved out of state in the summertime nonetheless, she then reported she and Kavistan had a sexual relationship, in response to police.
The lady informed investigators her relationship with Kavistan started in the course of the 2016-2017 college yr when she was in eighth grade and that it continued till the summer time of 2019. The 2 typically met at Kavistan’s house whereas his spouse and kids had been away, in response to the legal criticism. The teenager additionally informed investigators the 2 met “in school if we may discover a place with out cameras,” officers stated.
At one level, Kavistan texted the lady’s father, “I really feel God is telling me to go to you and say sorry,” in response to police.
A spokesperson for HVCA stated Kavistan resigned on Nov. 24, 2019, after educating on the college for seven years. In addition they stated he didn’t disclose the explanations for his resignation.
“Our youngsters are our most valuable presents and their security and welfare are our highest precedence,” the spokesperson wrote. “We take stories of abuse significantly, and are cooperating totally with authorities.”
Kavistan’s spouse additionally works on the college although the superintendent informed NBC10 the lady didn’t know something about her husband’s resignation.
A letter was despatched to oldsters. Anybody involved about their baby’s relationship with Kavistan ought to name Detective Todd Smith at 215-657-4700. You too can contact Pennsylvania Convention schooling superintendent Jeremy Garlock at 610-374-8331 with any further issues.
Kavistan stays in jail on $500,000 money bail.
The Huntingdon Valley Christian Academy is a personal schooling college and a part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pennsylvania Convention. It affords education from Pre-kindergarten via 10th grade and is positioned within the Huntingdon Valley part of Higher Moreland Township, Pennsylvania.