Former Parkland teacher waives preliminary hearing
Former Parkland and Palisades teacher Christian Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, will be heading directly to trial for allegedly sexually assaulting female students at both schools.
According to court documents obtained Aug. 5, Willman waived his right to a preliminary hearing Aug. 1 in a Bucks County courtroom.
On June 27, Lehigh and Bucks County District Attorneys Jim Martin and Matt Weintraub announced during a joint news conference additional charges had been filed against Willman for allegedly sexually assaulting four Parkland High School students.
“I want to make sure first and foremost the community understands it is safe from this man, and secondly to ask for additional information,” Weintraub said. “This is a call to more potential victims and witnesses who may be out there.”
According to Weintraub, Willman worked as the former industrial arts and tech education teacher, as well as the boy’s soccer coach and stage crew and theater supervisor at Parkland High School from 2001 to 2011.
“From 2011 to April 2018, he worked at Palisades High School, here in Bucks County, where he was the former robotics and technology teacher and a girls soccer coach,” Weintraub stated. “He committed, we allege, a series of sexual assaults against his female students and student athletes over the course of his employment at both of these schools.”
Weintraub said at the time, the purpose of the news conference was to let the public know Willman was being charged on the same criminal complaint, by an amendment, with victimizing the four additional Lehigh County students.
“These young women are of course incredibly brave for having come forward and deserve to see this man brought to justice,” Weintraub said.
“This defendant clearly abused his position of power to gain steady access to many young and unwilling women.”
Weintraub said all of Willman’s alleged victims are young women students in schools where he taught.
“If your child had this man as a teacher, club advisor or a coach, please talk to her, make sure she is OK, don’t interview her, make sure she is OK and contact us, specifically Trooper Cleveland at State Police, Dublin, at 215-766-5030,” Weintraub said.
Willman’s formal arraignment is scheduled for noon Aug. 30 in room 4202 of the Bucks County Justice Center.