2/19/16- Teacher faces institutional sexual assault charge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Feb. 19, 2016
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris- 610.891.4163
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced that a longtime Ridley High School physics teacher and track and field coach was arrested on institutional sexual assault charges for his relationship with an 18-year-old female student at Ridley High School. Gregory A. Stanczuk, 52, of the 1100 block of Hampshire Place in West Chester, is charged with institutional sexual assault, a felony of the third degree. His arrest comes at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by Sgt. Robin F. Clark of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division Child Abuse Unit.
On Jan. 29, Sgt. Clark received information about a sexual assault of a former student at Ridley High School by Gregory Stanczuk, a physics teacher of more than 30 years and head girls track and field coach. According to the female victim, Stanczuk was her track and field coach during the four years she attended Ridley High School. He was also her teacher freshman year. According to the victim they spent a lot of time together and became close emotionally during her senior year when she broke up with her boyfriend. During that time, she told detectives that she was in a vulnerable state because of the breakup. She confided in Stanczuk, her former teacher and coach who she considered a trusted friend and confidant.
“As a teacher and coach, Gregory Stanczuk flagrantly used his position of trust and authority to exploit the victim, manipulating her emotionally for his own sexual gratification,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. He crossed the line between teacher and student and committed a crime by engaging in sexual behavior with his student. I would like to commend Det. Sgt. Robin Clark along with Deputy DA Michael Galantino who will be prosecuting the case, for their work on this case and apprehension of the defendant.”
If parents believe their child has been victimized they should contact Sgt. Clark at 610-891-4118.