Employee of Chamberlain International School Turns Self in to Face Rape Charges
A staff member of the Chamberlain International School who is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a student with cognitive disabilities has turned himself in to police. 28-year-old Phillip Houtman turned himself in at the Wareham District Court on Friday, October 11 after police publicly announced that they were looking for him.
According to Middleboro Police, Houtman is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student on school grounds, in the dorm laundry room. There may be partial surveillance footage of the alleged attack.
The alleged victim is on the autism spectrum. He reported the alleged assault on the night of September 29 and Houtman has been banned from the school since that night.
Houtman has been charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability, rape, assault to rape, and open and gross lewdness. During his initial court appearance, prosecutors also accused Houtman of sending and receiving inappropriate text messages with the victim.
Houtman has another scheduled court appearance on Wednesday, October 16.