Reporting Mark Abrams
By Mark Abrams
WARMINSTER, Pa. (CBS) – The choral director at William Tennent High School in Bucks County was sent to Bucks County Prison this afternoon after surrendering to authorities to face charges of inappropriate contact with eight female members of the school choir.
Tyrone Dinkins, 37, of Oreland, Pa., was committed to prison in lieu of $800,000 bail following arraignment on a host of charges.
Dinkins, who has been a music teacher at William Tennent since 2001, was placed on administrative leave in early June after a student approached school authorities, who then contacted police (see related story).
Warminster Township police chief Michael Murphy says that in all, eight victims came forward during the extensive investigation.
The choir is now in London, singing at the Olympic Village.
Chief Murphy says police interviewed Dinkins, who acknowledged the behavior and was barred from the London trip.
“All these involved inappropriate touching or suggestive comments that were made by the defendant in this case,” Murphy tells KYW Newsradio.
The Centennial School District is making counselors available to students and staff.