Police arrest woman for institutional sexual assault

Staff Writer

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a release issued Friday afternoon, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police announced that they have charged 29-year-old Megan Roselyn Bartley, Anita, with institutional sexual assault and other charges, totaling 55 felony counts, as a result of an alleged sexual relationship with a known 17-year-old male. 
Police said that the case was initiated as a result of employees at Soaring Heights School in DuBois utilizing the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Childline and Abuse registry. The service is part of a mandated statewide child protective services program designed to accept child abuse referrals and general child well-being concerns. 
The referral was forwarded to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office and subsequently referred to the state police in Punxsutawney. Through their investigation, police discovered that Bartley, a former teacher at Soaring Heights School, and the victim were allegedly involved in an intimate relationship that was discovered to also be sexual in nature. 
The release said that the relationship was ongoing prior to Bartley’s dismissal from the school, and through further investigation, police said that it had been going on for several months. The release alleged that the acts took place at or near a residence on Spruce Street in Anita.
On Friday, an arrest warrant was obtained through District Court 54-3-01, and Bartley was charged with 15 counts of institutional sexual assault (third-degree felony), 20 counts of corruption of minors (third-degree felony) and 20 counts of unlawful contact with a minor (third-degree felony). Bartley was taken into custody and transferred to Jefferson County Jail to await arraignment. 
Additional charges were filed against Bridget Ann Kruzelak, 41, DeLancey, who police named as the victim’s mother, and was allegedly aware of and permitted the relationship. She was charged with endangering the welfare of children (first-degree misdemeanor).