Warrant alleges former Beechwood Elementary teacher lured student
A Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher was arrested Tuesday after being accused of having inappropriate interactions with one of her students.
Geraldine Alcorn, 28, of Lawrenceville was awaiting arraignment in Night Court on charges including corrupting a minor and luring a child into a vehicle.
Alcorn took the student ice skating and later lured the 11-year-old girl to her house, according to a criminal complaint.
Another time, Alcorn was found alone with the girl in the student’s home while the girl’s mother was at work, according to the complaint.
Police say Alcorn and the girl sent each other more than 2,400 text messages during a two-week span in late January and early February.
In the messages, both expressed “a deep love for each other,” according to the complaint.
The two also talked of Alcorn adopting the girl and discussed running away together. Alcorn told the girl they would “be on the run” for a while, according to the complaint.
The girl told police she and Alcorn tried to keep their interactions a secret from the girl’s mother.
Beechwood Elementary School officials suspended Alcorn on Feb. 13 when they learned of her interactions with the student. Alcorn resigned March 2, said Ebony Pugh, a Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman.
When they suspended her, school officials warned Alcorn not to contact the girl. Alcorn went to the school March 13 to gather her belongings.
The girl later found a letter and gifts from Alcorn in her locker and desk, according to the complaint.
In the letter, Alcorn told the girl to call her. Alcorn’s telephone number was encrypted on a math worksheet, according to the complaint.
In Allegheny County, there are at least three other active criminal cases against teachers accused of behaving inappropriately with students, including Plum High School teachers Jason Cooper, 38, and Joseph Ruggieri III, 40; and North Allegheny High School rowing coach Megan Batykefer, 31.
A spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers could not be reached Tuesday.
Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827.