Phila. special-education teacher accused of having sex with 14-year-old student released on bail

A 30-year-old Philadelphia female teacher charged with statutory sexual assault on a male 14-year-old special-education student was released on bail early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Stephanie Amato, an eighth grade special-education teacher at Ethan Allen School in Mayfair, posted 10 percent of her $125,000 bail. She allegedly engaged in sex act with the teen, who is one of her students, at her home and in her car multiple times earlier this year.

Amato also is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent exposure, and related offenses. Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 24. - Robert Moran