A 19-year-old teen who is cognitively disabled was raped by a 28-year-old male who worked as a staff member in her school.
28-year-old, Phillip Houtman raped the disabled teen in her dorm at Chamberlain International School. Chamberlain International School is the boarding school in Middleborough, which is about 35 miles south of Boston, which has students with cognitive and developmental disorders and disabilities. The students in the boarding school are around 10 to 22 years old.
The report of rape against Houtman was reported on September 30. But the police issued an arrest warrant against Houtman on Thursday afternoon, October 10. Around 2 p.m. on Friday, October 11, the suspect turns himself in at Wareham District Court. Benjamin Paulin, the spokesperson for Middleborough police, reported that the guy surrendered to the authorities.
The suspect is from New Bedford, who has been working an overnight shift at the Chamberlain International School for nearly a year and a half. The suspect is now charged with two counts of battery and immoral assault to the minor who is disabled or a person with intellectual disability. Also, the culprit has been charged with counts of rape and open and gross lewdness.
The authorities from Chamberlain International School sent the letters to the parents acknowledging the incident and also assuring them the student’s safety is the top concern. The school also promised to change certain policies and will provide adequate training to the staff.
Houtman was indicted on Friday, Police confirmed.
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