Paige Mostella – teacher accused of sex with student
Paige E. Mostella (aka Paige Groves), 29-year-old teacher formerly at Woodlan High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 17-year-old student.
Mostella faces two Class D-felony counts of child seduction.
In the affidavit for probable cause, police began their investigation on February 12, 2014 when a 19-year-old taking a polygraph test required to fulfill juvenile probation requirements told a police officer giving the test that he had been involved in a sexual relationship with a teacher at Woodlan Jr/Sr.High School in early 2013.
The teen told the officer that he and Mostella would frequently “play fight” and that during one of these encounters he became aroused and Mostella allowed him to rub up against her for several minutes. During this first encounter, the teen told the officer that Mostella didn’t say anything.
The second alleged encounter did involve sexual intercourse and again took place in her office. A third encounter as described in the court document took place two days before a track meet and the teen asked Mostella if he could have sex with her because “it would improve his throwing ability during the track meet.” The teen told police that he put a jacket over the office door window so no one could see inside during these sexual encounters between female teacher and male student. The teen also told police that all of the encounters took place in Mostella’s office and she was aware of his age..
When the teen turned 18, he claims Mostella bought him gifts that included jeans, shoes and an entire outfit. He told police that Mostela told him she could still lose her job by being with him and that the relationship was wrong, however the two would talk on the phone when her husband was at work. The teen maintained that the relationship continued until the fall of 2014.
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.
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.
Mostella is not the first female teacher from Indiana accused of sex with male student in media lately. In July Abigail Marie Simon, 33-year-old staff member at West Catholic High School and Catholic Central High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan, who is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student has had her trial postponed as lawyers work on a plea agreement.
Simon is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy she was tutoring in 2012. The two met when she was hired to help the teen athlete bring up his grades between Feb. 1 and April 2, 2012. The two allegedly engaged in sex multiple times at her apartment in the downtown River House building and in a car. The teen testified that he also traveled with Abigail Simon to Chicago and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.