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Middleborough boarding school employee sexually assaulted cognitively disabled student, police allege


Middleborough boarding school employee sexually assaulted cognitively disabled student, police allege
Phillip Houtman —Middleborough police

A 28-year-old New Bedford man who police allege raped and sexually assaulted a cognitively disabled grownup pupil whereas working at a Middleborough boarding college has turned himself in.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Phillip Houtman, who officers say sexually assaulted a 19-year-old pupil on the Chamberlain International School, a personal college for adolescents and younger adults with cognitive and developmental problems and disabilities, based on an announcement from Middleborough police.

Officials mentioned Houtman turned himself in at Wareham District Court Friday afternoon, a day after police referred to as for him to take action and requested for the general public’s assist in discovering him.

Houtman faces costs of rape, assault to rape, open and gross lewdness, and two counts of indecent assault and battery on an individual with an mental incapacity, police mentioned.

He was anticipated to be arraigned in district courtroom round 2 p.m. Friday, officers mentioned.

According to officers, police had been notified on Sept. 30 of an allegation that Houtman sexually assaulted a pupil.

Houtman is an in a single day employees member on the boarding college and has been employed there for lower than a yr, based on the assertion.

In a letter to folks, college officers wrote that Houtman “was removed from the schedule and (is) not allowed back on campus during the investigation,” WHDH experiences.

The college can be reviewing its insurance policies and can make any really useful modifications in mild of the allegations, the letter says.

“The school is fully cooperating with all agencies throughout the process,” the letter says. “As a school, we wish to make it clear that the well-being and safety of all students is our top priority.”

According to its web site, the Chamberlain International School, based in 1976, is a “co-educational therapeutic boarding and day school,” and accepts college students between the ages of 11 and 22 from all over the world.

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