Bucks teacher acquitted on most sex counts

Posted: July 24, 2013

A high school music teacher in Bucks County was found not guilty Monday of felony sex offenses from allegations that he grabbed a student's breast, slapped other girls on the behind, and made inappropriate comments about girls' bodies.

Tyrone Dinkins, a teacher at William Tennent High School in Warminster, was found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of corrupting the morals of a minor.

"I still believe that the facts did not meet the elements of the crime," said his attorney, Autumn Walden. "But I can do nothing more than thank the jurors for being as attentive as they were."

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office alleged that Dinkins used his position as a teacher to victimize eight students. The students testified against him, saying that he made them feel uncomfortable and helpless.

Dinkins, 38, denied that he ever grabbed a student's breast. He said he once playfully tapped a girl's bottom with her crutch in response to her tapping him.

He admitted that he texted female students that they looked "hot" or had "nice legs." He said those statements were meant to build their self-esteem.

Walden said the sentencing guidelines range from probation to six months in jail, although Dinkins spent four months in the Bucks County prison before posting bail.


Contact Ben Finley at 610-313-8118 or bfinley@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @Ben_Finley.

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