Private School staff member accused of sexually assaulting student: Police searching

By News Staff


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MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASS (WLNE) – Middleborough Police have charged an employee at Chamberlain International School with raping a cognitively disabled adult student. 

 Police received an arrest warrant for 28-year-old New Bedford resident, Phillip Houtman. 

Chief Perkins of the Middleborough Police Department strongly suggests that Houtman turn himself in, and anybody with knowledge of his whereabouts is urged to call the department. 

Police were notified of the allegation against Houtman on September 30, where Houtman allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old student at the school. 

According to staff members at the school, Houtman has worked at Chamberlain for less than a year. 

Chamberlain International School is a private boarding and day school that serves students ages 11-22, with cognitive disabilities. 

Houtman is charged with: Indecent Assault and Battery on a person with an Intellectual Disability (two counts), Rape, Assault to Rape, and Open and Gross Lewdness.

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