By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

Lancaster teacher accused of sex crimes sees bond reduced from $2 million to unsecured, faces 10 charges

Lancaster teacher accused of sex crimes sees bond reduced from $2 million to unsecured, faces 10 charges

Lancaster, PA

A Lancaster County teacher waived a preliminary hearing Friday morning on several charges regarding sexual contact with a student. Timothy M. Sterner, 52, will face 10 felonies and two misdemeanor charges in Lancaster County Court, as ordered by District Judge Robert Herman. One count of viewing or receiving a sexually explicit photograph was withdrawn by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.

Judge Robert Herman granted Sterner’s release on $50,000 unsecured bail reducing Sterner’s bond from $2 million dollars Judge Herman set earlier this month at Sterner’s arraignment.

Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Fritz Haverstick objected to the bail modification, telling the judge nothing has changed since bail was originally set. ADA Haverstick said he and the lead detective in the case continue to investigate and have been “inundated” with calls regarding Sterner – information that is being followed up on.

ADA Haverstick requested, if granted bail reduction, that Sterner be placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring and that he have no contact with children. District Judge Herman ordered the no-contact provision.

Sterner is charged with having contact with a person who was a student at School District of Lancaster between 2011 and 2015. Sterner was a teacher with School District of Lancaster for about 30 years.