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August 8, 2012

High school choir director surrenders, sent to prison

Philly Burb (PA):

A William Tennent High School choir director and music teacher is in prison instead of touring the London Olympics with his singers. Eight of Tyrone Dinkins' female students turned to police after a school year of alleged groping and sexual innuendo.

Escorted by his wife and his attorney, Dinkins, 37, of Oreland, surrendered to police at district court in Warminster on Tuesday afternoon to face two felony counts of unlawful sexual contact with minors, four misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, four misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and six counts of misdemeanor harassment involving eight students on school grounds during the past school year.

Dinkin's attorney, Mark Neff, asked that his client be released on his own recognizance, noting that Dinkins was surrendering his passport and came to court voluntarily. He said Dinkins' three children are in Montgomery County public schools and he lives in Oreland with his wife.

However, after District Judge Daniel Finello read Dinkins his rights, he ordered the music teacher held in county prison on $800,000 bail. The judge added that this was "one of the hardest and most disappointing" arraignments he has ever had to do.

Dinkins declined to comment as he was led to a constable's van to be taken to the prison. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at August 8, 2012 12:00 AM