Ex-Penn Charter School tennis coach Christopher Spencer has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage summer camp counselor.
Ex-Penn Charter School Counselor and Coach Accused of Sexually Abusing Teen Counselor
A former summer camp counselor and tennis coach for William Penn Charter School has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage counselor from the school’s summer camp program in 2018.
35-year-old Christopher Spencer was arrested on December 19 and faces charges of attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault, and related charges.
In July 2019, parents of a different teenage summer camp counselor filed a complaint with the school, alleging that Spencer “engaged in inappropriate online and verbal communication and interacted with their child in a way that made the child feel uncomfortable,” according to a statement from the school.
Penn Charter officials reported these allegations to ChildLine – Pennsylvania’s child abuse reporting hotline. This led to an investigation by the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit. However, this investigation was closed without further action.
The school continued to internally investigate the July 2019 allegations and spoke with other people that Spencer had interacted with through his position at Penn Charter. In September, the school says they discovered “information that led us to believe that Spencer engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a high school-age counselor the year before, in the summer of 2018,” the school said in a statement.
The summer 2018 allegations were also reported to ChildLine and also led to an investigation by the Special Victims Unit. Spencer would eventually be arrested based on these allegations.