Grad Student Charged With Molesting High Schoolers

October 16, 2019

A master’s student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education was charged with criminal sexual contact for allegedly touching two male high school students while they slept this month at their private boarding school, according to NJ.com. The graduate student, identified in news reports as Dominic Brown, was reportedly working as a history teacher and water polo coach at New Jersey’s Lawrenceville School as a Penn teaching fellow. Lawrenceville said that he had been banned from its campus. Brown could not immediately be reached for comment.

The graduate school said Tuesday that Brown is not a student there and that no additional details were available. Pam Grossman, dean of the graduate school, said in an all-school email obtained by Inside Higher Ed that although a police investigation is still under way, "we have been advised that a second-year fellow entered one of the houses on campus and reportedly had inappropriate contact with two students." The alleged incident "is profoundly disturbing and undermines the critically important trusting relationship between educators and students," she said.

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