Borghesani pleads guilty to corruption of minors charge
Former Whitehall High School teacher David Andrew Borghesani appeared before Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach Oct. 9 and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors. It was a culmination of an investigative process that began last October with allegations from parents of the teacher’s misbehavior.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30.
According to Whitehall-Coplay School District Solicitor Jeffrey Sultanik, the board’s involvement into the matter ended when Borghesani submitted his resignation in February. The information gathered by the school during its investigation was forwarded to the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office.
According to published reports, Borghesani began Snapchatting selected students in 2015. The plus with Snapchat is that any message is viewable for 10 seconds and then it disappears. There is no lingering legacy that can be used later. None of Borghesani’s early messages were explicit, according to reports.
Borghesani’s Snapchats became more sexually explicit around August 2016, reports indicate. Concerned parents reported the incidents and asked the school district to investigate that October. The sexually explicit messages were sent during and after school, Sultanik confirmed.
Sultanik said Borghesani was removed from his teaching duties while the matter was being investigated.
Two students were reportedly involved. Later, a third student, a minor when she received Borghesani’s Snapchat, was identified.
Borghesani submitted his resignation Feb. 13, 2017.
Once the school board turned the matter over to the district attorney’s office, Detective Jeffrey Bruchak was assigned the case.
On July 11, Borghesani was arraigned and charged with a misdemeanor crime, corruption of minors and a felony charge of unlawful contact with a minor. He was released on $15,000 bond.