Former Church Farm School Teacher Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Student

Marc SperaMarc Spera, 58, of St. Petersburg, Florida (Image: Chester County District Attorney)

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced that Marc Spera, age 58 of St. Petersburg, Florida, pled guilty to Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse and Unlawful Contact with a Minor for the sexual abuse of a student that took place between 2008 and 2010 when the defendant was a teacher at Church Farm School (CFS) in West Whiteland Township. Judge Patrick Carmody sentenced him to 15-30 years in prison.

First Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry said, “Schools are meant to be safe environments for children; however, this defendant removed that sense of safety when he targeted his student – his victim – to satisfy his lewd behavior. I commend the victim’s strength and courage to speak up after so many years. It is a reminder that teachers and school administrators are mandated reporters and are required to report suspected child abuse.”

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Authorities state that the victim, a former CFS student, contacted law enforcement in December 2018 to report that he had been sexually abused by a teacher when he was in 7th and 8th grade. The defendant gave back and body rubs to the victim in his on-campus apartment when the victim was in 7th grade. The defendant, who worked at CFS from 1995-2010, gifted the victim with a video game and equipment to communicate with him during the summer break. When the victim was in 8th grade at CFS, the defendant sexually assaulted him more than 40 times.

The defendant left CFS in 2010. He was teaching at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg when he was arrested in June 2020.

West Whiteland Township Police Department investigated the case. Deputy District Attorney Erin O’Brien was the prosecutor.

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Call Childline if you suspect child abuse: 1-800-932-0313.

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