MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Cumberland County woman has been arrested on allegations she had sex with a young boy for more than three years.
Paden A. Tennant, 22, of Upper Allen Township, is charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor, according to Upper Allen Township police and court documents.
“In the beginning of July, we had information reported to us that a sexual assault had occurred which caused us to interview Miss Tennant,” Detective Sergeant Tom Kauffman said.
The criminal complaint states Tennant began having sex with the boy in January 2012 when he was 12 years old and she was 19. The sex continued until June, when he was 15.
Under Pennsylvania law, a person commits the offense of rape of a child when they engage in sex with a child younger than 13.
Tennant surrendered to authorities Thursday. She was arraigned and committed to Cumberland County Prison on $40,000 bail. Court records show she has since posted bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 26.
Tennant was interviewed by police and confessed to having sex with the boy, the complaint states.
She worked as an aide at a child care center, the Mechanicsburg Learning Center, but is not accused of any wrongdoing involving students. Police said they believe the crimes are isolated to one victim.
“We don’t believe anyone else was involved and there’s no reason the public needs to worry about it,” Kauffman said.
In a statement, Mechanicsburg Learning Center administrators said Tennant was fired immediately after authorities told them of the allegations.
Administrators said she received all state clearances and passed a background check before she was hired in December 2014. While employed, they said she was not alone with any students.