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Woodlan High School teacher accused of sex with student

A 29-year-old former teacher at Woodlan High School is charged with child seduction, accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student.

According to court documents, Paige E. Mostella, of the 7600 block of Glenoak Parkway, began spending time in her office with the 17-year-old male student in early 2013.

The incidents came to light during a polygraph examination of the teenager as part of his juvenile probation period, according to court documents.

Mostella is charged with two Class D-felony counts of child seduction.

Under Indiana law, a teen can consent to sex when they are 16 or older. However, it is a felony if a person in a position of authority over the teen, such as a teacher or a military recruiter or a step-parent, engages in sexual activity with the teen if he or she is 16 to 18 years old.

The teen told police he and Mostella, also known as Paige Groves, would frequently play fight in her office. According to court documents, Mostella was employed as a special education teacher at Woodlan High School at the time of the incidents.

The teen said during one of those times, he became sexually aroused and rubbed himself on her yoga pants.

During their second encounter, the teen said he asked her if he could have sex with her and she allowed it, according to court documents.

The third time the two had a sexual encounter, it was during a Saturday track meet. He said he asked Mostella if he could have sex with her because "it would improve his throwing ability during the track meet," according to court documents.

He covered the windows in her office with a jacket to keep people from looking inside, according to court documents.

The teen told police Mostella knew he was 17 at the time, and purchased him a brand new outfit for his 18th birthday, according to court documents.

She told him she could lose her job by being with him and said the relationship was wrong, but they would talk on the phone while her husband was at work, according to court documents.

Indiana's Department of Education lists Mostella as a current teacher within the EastAllenCountySchool District. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Francis and is licensed to teach language arts, according to the state's website.

East Allen County Schools officials said they have cooperated fully with the investigation and said Mostella is no longer employed with the district.

It did not appear, according to court records, that Mostella had been arrested as of late Wednesday.

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