By Brad Segall

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — A former middle school teacher in Montgomery County has been ordered held for trial on charges that he inappropriately touched several male students while he was tutoring or mentoring them after class.

The five teenage boys all came forward to testify during a preliminary hearing for former Colonial Middle School teacher William Schellinger.  One by one, they told the court how the 41-year-old Gilbertsville man improperly touched them while they were eighth graders at the Plymouth Township school (see previous story).

Montgomery County prosecutor Jeremy Lupo credits the students for coming forward and telling their stories:

“It’s always hard for a victim to go and confront the person who assaulted them,” he tells KYW Newsradio.  “With these students, these kids, it was tough but they all stood strong and did a great job.”

Schellinger remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail. He has been ordered to have no contact with these teens or any unsupervised contact with any other minors.

Court records reveal that Schellinger was accused of similar activity while he was a teacher at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia.  He resigned his position there.

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