The prosecution says he was violating the terms of his bond release on bond while awaiting charges of institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors."We'll make sure there's no cellphone, no computers, so there won't be any of these allegations," said defense attorney Randall Ricciuti to reporters after the court hearing. He's never been in trouble, and he's very upset about this, and the last place he wants to be is in jail with Easter holiday right around the corner.
Timothy Glasspool wrote, "I feel compelled to refute unsubstantiated information.
...(R)est assured, our actions have been to protect our students and their families.
With respect to this investigation, it is my hope that you do not believe everything you read in the newspaper or online.
I urge you to patiently wait for the judicial system to uncover fact from fiction."Plum High School Principal Ryan Kociela emailed to Pittsburgh's Action News 4, "Those compelled to comment have had no direct involvement with the situations or investigations." He also wrote, "The information...
A Plum High School teacher arrested twice in a one-month span is being allowed to leave jail while he awaits a hearing on charges of having sex with a teenage girl student and then trying to intimidate the alleged victim.
VIDEO: Watch Bob Mayo's report Joseph Ruggieri, 40, of Plum, will be under home electronic monitoring with a bracelet, according to the terms set by Allegheny County Judge Ed Borkowski at a bond hearing Thursday.
He is not permitted to have Internet or smartphone access, and must not have contact -- direct or indirect -- with anyone involved in the case.
Ruggieri allegedly contacted the student several times via Face Time - an i Phone video chat app -- while he was free on bond after his initial arrest in February, according to an affidavit of probable cause that was filed with the criminal complaint.
is not accurately reflective of the circumstances or the efforts of administration.""I can't comment on that. We don't know if that person has any ill will or animosity towards any particular people which would give them incentive to make something up like that," said Ricciuti.