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Jennifer Merklinger, teachers' aide at Hamburg Area High School, had sex with student, police say

Published On: Jan 10 2014 05:05:07 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 10 2014 05:24:18 PM EST
HAMBURG, Pa. -

A teachers' aide at Hamburg Area High School has been arrested on charges she had sex with a student.

Jennifer Merklinger surrendered to police Friday afternoon. She was arraigned on a felony charge of institutional sexual assault.

Merklinger, 40, of Hamburg, and the 18-year-old student engaged in sexual intercourse several times on or about Dec. 13 through Jan. 1, said police, adding that the encounters occurred at their homes and not on school property.

Merklinger was freed on $25,000 bail.

The district superintendent has declined to comment because it is a "personnel" issue.