PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Police have fi led charges against Pittsburgh Faison teacher and assistant principal, James Lee Ziegler, 41. Ziegler has been charged with the following felonies: involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, institutional sexual assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and unlawful contact with a minor. 

Ziegler is accused of forcing a 9-year-old, fourth-grade student to perform oral sex on him. These assaults occurred during lunchtime detentions monitored by Ziegler. 


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