Sunday school teacher charged with underage sex in church building

| August 19, 2010

A 19-year-old New Sewickley Township man was charged Wednesday with twice having sex with a 12-year-old girl inside an Economy church’s building before Sunday school.

Thomas J. Law of 295 Taffy Run Road was 18 when he had sex with the New Brighton girl in August 2009, Economy police said. At the time, Law was a Sunday school teacher at New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Second Ave., police said.

The girl’s mother called Economy police on Aug. 5 after discovering a note about the relationship and speaking with Freedom police and county detectives on July 27.

Economy police officer Christopher Foley wrote in a criminal complaint filed in Freedom District Judge Edward Howe’s office that the girl told him and Economy Police Chief Tom Harrington that she attended the church with a cousin of Law’s.

The girl said Law sent her a text message asking her to go to the “stay house” near the church. Police described the “stay house” as a building used for gatherings and events.

Law and the girl met at the stay house before Sunday school both times and had sex on a couch in the living room, the girl told police. Police said the girl provided them with text and Facebook messages, and a note written by Law “detailing the sexual relationship.”

Police said Law confessed to kissing and having intercourse with the girl.

Law is charged with two counts each of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault as well as single counts of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor.

On Wednesday, Law was released after posting $20,000 bond and being ordered by Howe to avoid any contact “directly or indirectly” with the girl.

Nobody answered the phone at the church Wednesday evening.

 

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