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Former Schuylkill Valley teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting student

A former Schuylkill Valley High School teacher admitted this morning in Berks County Court that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student last spring.

Daniel L. Hornberger, 55, of the 3400 block of River Road pleaded guilty before President Judge Thomas G. Parisi to institutional sexual assault.

Parisi sentenced Hornberger to seven years of probation, following a plea agreement reached between Assistant District Attorney Meg McCallum and defense attorney Allan L. Sodomsky.

McCallum said the plea deal was made so the victim would not have to testify about the case and was reached with input from the girl and her parents.

Hornberger will be required to register as a sexual offender for the next 25 years. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family and no unsupervised contact with unrelated minors.

The former teacher was also ordered to be excluded from all school properties, regardless if school is in session, and to not be within 250 feet of any extracurricular school-sponsored events.

Dr. Cindy Mierzejewski, Schuylkill Valley superintendent, said Hornberger was suspended in June after he was charged in the incident and resigned from his position in August.

According to authorities:

Hornberger had indecent sexual contact with the girl several times between March 1 and June 1 at various locations throughout Berks, including Lake Ontelaunee, Grings Mill Recreation Area and Angelica Park. Hornberger admitted he kissed the girl and touched her over her clothing.

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