Chester County teacher accused of sexually abusing student | Local News
WEST CHESTER – A former Chester County teacher has been arrested for the sexual assault of a student he taught between 2014 and 2016 at Nottingham Primary School in Oxford.
He taught at the school until 2016, after which he was hired as a teacher at the Phoenixville area school district where he had been employed until June of that year when he was suspended.
Luis Morales, 56, of West Chester, has been arrested. He has been charged with several counts of aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault, bribery of minors and related offenses.
Morales taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at Nottingham Primary School from 2014 to 2016, when the alleged sexual assaults took place.
“Chester County is experiencing an unacceptable wave of students who have been sexually abused in our elementary, middle and high schools,” said Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan. “It is imperative that we implement protective measures in our schools and in any other place where children are to protect them from predators. Adults should engage in supervision, paying attention to children. Anyone who works with children has a legal obligation to be a commissioned journalist, but all adults have a moral responsibility to do whatever it takes to protect them. We must do better.
According to a probable cause affidavit, a 14-year-old girl reported to authorities that her ESL teacher sexually assaulted her while she was in third and fourth grade at Nottingham Primary School between 2014 and 2016 .
When she was in third grade, she told authorities, Morales asked her to stay after school and then he started touching her chest and genitals. Morales, she said, continued to sexually abuse her regularly when she was in third and fourth grades by digitally penetrating her.
Police have several witnesses to corroborate the allegations. A witness reported seeing the female victim sitting on Morales’s lap in a straddling position facing Morales near his desk. Upon entering the classroom, Morales stood up abruptly.
Another witness observed Morales rubbing his hand on the victim’s buttocks. Another witness saw the young victim sit under Morales’ desk on several occasions and once saw Morales touch the outer clothing of the victim’s private area.
The abuse stopped in 2016 when the student victim graduated from fourth grade.
Morales was able to post a bond set by magistrate district judge Scott Massey at $ 350,000 at 10 percent. Its preliminary hearing is set for September 28, 2021.
Oxford Borough Police are investigating. Deputy Prosecutor Christine Abatemarco is the designated prosecutor.
Anyone with further information on the case is asked to call Detective Christopher Coverly at 610-998-0032 ext. 302. Call if you suspect a child is being abused: 1-800-932-0313.
Learn how to recognize, respond to and respond to child sexual abuse by signing up for a free Stewards of Children virtual workshop. Contact the County Coordinator, Katie Walters, at [email protected] or 610-344-6115.