January 27, 2018

Defendant in school wiretapping investigation waives hearing


CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP -  The only person publicly charged, so far, in a wiretapping investigation at the Pleasant Valley School District will not appear for a preliminary hearing.  Joshua Krebs, the district's director of support staff, gave up his rights to a hearing on Friday. The felony wiretap charges against him were sent to the Court of Common Pleas.

The defendant will appear for formal arraignment on March 14th.  

As part of the defendant’s proceedings, several new conditions were imposed by a judge:

  1. Defendant shall have no contact with teachers at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School, including but not limited to, John Gesiskie, Dawn Wisser, Kim Smith and any other teachers at the said school,
  2. The defendant shall have no contact with and no supervisory authority over Crystal Reph and Jared Rechenberger.
  3. This no contact order includes the defendant not appearing at any committee meetings in which any Pleasant Valley Elementary teachers or other persons covered by this order, appear.
  4. If there are any emergencies to the building at Pleasant Valley Elementary, the defendant can access the building to deal with the issue.

The investigation into the allegations against the Pleasant Valley School administration continues. Any person with information concerning the investigation should contact Detective Wendy Serfass at 570-517-3063 or email her at

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