New Kensington-Arnold pays music teacher facing criminal charges for past work


New Kensington-Arnold music teacher charged in two cases of sending inappropriate text messages to students is being paid for previous work in the school district.

Sean O’Neil, 34, has been on leave without pay from the district since the spring, Deputy Superintendent Jon Banko said. He did not provide a date for the start of the leave.

The school board voted on Tuesday to pay O’Neil approximately $ 1,900 for his work as a performing and concert choir director during the 2019-20 school year.

New Kensington Police charged O’Neil first in April and then again in May. In both cases, police accused O’Neil of sending inappropriate text messages, some sexual, to students in 2020. In the second case, he is accused of making comments in person.

Banko said that O’Neil’s payment for the work he did in the 2019-20 school year was then missed, “presumably due to the onset of the pandemic (covid).”

O’Neil was paid for the 2020-21 school year, Banko said.

O’Neil, who is free on bail, is scheduled to appear in both cases on February 10. His lawyer, Brian Aston, did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

The new Kensington-Arnold School Board has appointed new teachers to lead the concert and performing choirs.

Greg Sturgill will lead the choir for the concert, while Nick Smith will lead the choir for the show. Each will be paid $ 934 for the additional positions.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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