A teaching assistant has shot herself dead after having sex with a 14-year-old schoolboy.
Despite being on bail for sexually assaulting a child, Jennilynne Derolf, 38, met him in her car where she ended her life beside him, police say.
Police arrived at the scene before the gunshot, having been tipped off about the meeting by the alleged victim's grandparents.
Bucks County District Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania in the US, determined on Monday that Derolf committed suicide.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the teacher’s aide had been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student at a school for children with developmental and emotional issues.
Derolf, of Levittown, was charged in July with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, and related offences, the paper reports.
They said she had pleaded not guilty and had been released from custody after paying a $10,000 (£7.3k) bail bond.
On Sunday, police said, she shot herself in the head with the teenager sitting next to her in a car.
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The boy’s grandparents had called in police on Sunday claiming Derolf had reached out to the boy to arrange a meeting, in violation of the conditions of her bail.
Law enforcement officials told the paper that when their officers arrived on the scene, they apparently found Derolf and the teenager parked along a secluded road in Falls Township.
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She then pulled out a gun and shot herself. She was pronounced dead at the scene and police confirmed to the paper that the boy was not injured.
They said Derolf had worked as a teacher’s aide at Valley Day School in Falls Township, an institution that caters to students with special needs.
She had befriended the teenager and began messaging him through the social media app Discord according to the affidavit of probable cause for her arrest.
The boy’s grandparents originally discovered the relationship and notified police, the affidavit said.
Officers quizzed the teenage boy, and it is claimed he told them what began as friendly conversation between the two led to in-person meetings at places in Lower Bucks County, including Levittown Lake and Falls Township Park.
Starting in June, the affidavit said, Derolf initiated intimate contact with the boy, and investigators learned of at least three incidents inside her vehicle in the weeks before her arrest.
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