Archdiocesan teacher arraigned on charges he had sexual relationship with student, gave others edibles

Jim Melwert
May 01, 2019 - 1:29 pm
Jeremiah Triplett

Delaware County District Attorney's Office


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 30-year-old music teacher at Archbishop John Carroll High School is free on bail following his arraignment on charges that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student, and that he gave her and others marijuana edibles during school.

Jeremiah Triplett had no comment following his arraignment Wednesday on charges including institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor.

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According to court documents, Triplett would have students come to his office during lunch or study hall. Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland said he would give them inappropriate products during those office visits.

“They would vape nicotine products and blow the smoke, if you will, into each other's mouths,” she said, adding Triplett would then kiss them.

Triplett is also accused of giving the students marijuana-infused gummy bears and brownies, as well as alcohol. 

The complaint says one of the students told them the other had sex with Triplett in his office at the school.

"What is so incredibly offensive about his actions," said Copeland, "he is a teacher he is in a position of trust. Parents send their children to school expecting people like Mr. Triplett to take care of their children, and instead what he did was essentially victimize them."

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia placed Triplett on administrative leave on March 26, when the allegations first came to light, according to court documents.

Triplett’s attorney had no comment.

Bail was set at 10 percent of $200,000. Among his bail conditions, Triplett cannot have any contact with his accusers, and he is not allowed on the Archbishop John Carroll High campus.