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Plum High School teacher hires attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky

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Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Butler County attorney Alexander Lindsay has been retained as the lawyer for the legal appeals of convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky. Thursday, July 3, 2014.

A Plum High School teacher has hired an attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky.

Drew Zoldak, 40, of New Kensington, has hired Butler county defense attorney Alexander H. Lindsay Jr. to defend him against charges of witness intimidation.

Lindsay also represents Sandusky in the former Penn State assistant football coach's post conviction relief act appeal of his conviction for molesting young boys.

Zoldak is accused of identifying a girl in his class as one who allegedly had sex with Joseph Ruggieri, 40, of Plum, an English teacher at the school charged with institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and witness intimidation.

Zoldak is accused of blaming the girl for him having to be interviewed by investigators from the Allegheny County District Attorney's office. He is also accused of calling the girl to the front of the class and asking her if she would be “OK” with the class discussing sexual assault the following week.

Zoldak is suspended with pay.

Preliminary hearings for Zoldak and Ruggieri have been postponed both at the request of their attorneys, a secretary in Plum District Judge Linda Zucco's office said Tuesday morning.

The hearings had been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Ruggieri's preliminary hearing is now scheduled for May 20; Zoldak's is now scheduled for May 27.

R. Anthony DeLuca represents Ruggieri, who is suspended without pay.

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