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Sharon Hill, PA - Former Academy Park High School Resource Officer, Tyler Humphreys, Arrested on Charges of Sexually Assaulting Three Minors

Sharon Hill, PA - Academy Park High School Resource Officer, Tyler Humphreys, Arrested on Charges of Sexually Assaulting Minors
Published: February 26, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 26, 2024

PA Police Officer Arrested for Serial Child Sexual Assault

WPDE recently reported that a 21-year-old police officer, Tyler Humphreys, is facing charges of sexually assaulting three child victims over a harrowing period of eight years. The arrest was announced in December 2023 by authorities outside Philadelphia, sending shockwaves through the community.

Humphreys was employed full-time as a school resource officer at Academy Park High School located at 300 Calcon Hook Rd, Sharon Hill, PA 19079, and also served part-time in Folcroft. Humphreys now finds himself at the center of a disturbing investigation as allegations against him span as recently as 2022, but the investigation was triggered by a mandated reporter who reached out to the Pennsylvania State Police.

According to the report, the first alleged victim, who was only 9 years old at the time, disclosed that she was forced to perform oral sex on multiple occasions. Shockingly, Humphreys himself was underage during this period. Following this revelation, a second person came forward, reporting sexual assaults involving another victim. The report indicates that Humphreys provided alcohol to a 15-year-old girl, subsequently raping her while she was unconscious.

More recently, a third victim, who was 19 years old at the time, reported that Humphreys sexually assaulted her in late November and early December of 2022. She woke up to find the officer sleeping next to her, wearing only underwear and experienced immediate vaginal pain. Additionally, she revealed that Humphreys had been abusing her since 2014 when she was just 11 years old. The victim described incidents where Humphreys touched her inappropriately, exposed himself, and forced her to touch him against her will. Disturbingly, she also mentioned that Humphreys threatened her when she considered reporting the abuse.

Tyler Humphreys now faces charges including rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and other related offenses. He was released on a $275,000 cash bail pending further legal proceedings.

Superintendent Dr. Brena G. Wynder announced Humphreys' termination, saying that none of the claims are related to Humphreys' work in the district. Authorities have emphasized that this is an ongoing investigation, and it is unclear whether any illegal activities occurred while Humphreys was employed in law enforcement. They are urging anyone with information to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at 610-486-6280.

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Understanding Legal Options for Victims of School Resource Officer Abuse

After learning of the harrowing incident involving a Pennsylvania school resource officer charged with sexually assaulting minors, the legal implications and potential recourse for the victims' of such events come to the forefront. To learn more, we sat down with Brian Kent, Esq., an experienced child sex abuse attorney specializing in school-related cases in Pennsylvania. In this exclusive interview, Brian provides valuable insights into civil cases against liable parties and offers guidance for families seeking justice and reparations.

Editor Darla Medina (DM):  Thank you for joining us, Brian.

Brian Kent, Esq. (BK): Thank you, Darla. It's disheartening to discuss such a distressing case, but it's important to address the legal implications for the families affected by similar situations.

DM: Absolutely. First and foremost, could you briefly explain what options the families of victims abused by a high school resource officer might have when it comes to pursuing a civil case against the liable parties?

BK: Certainly, Darla. In cases where a school resource officer is involved in the abuse of minors, the families may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit seeking justice and compensation for the harm caused. They can potentially hold multiple parties accountable, including the officer, the school district, the police department, and any individuals or entities responsible for hiring, supervision, or negligence in preventing such abuse.

DM: That's important information for our readers to understand. When it comes to pursuing a civil case, what factors should the families consider?

BK: There are several factors to consider. First, it's crucial for the families to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in child sex abuse cases. These cases require a delicate approach and a deep understanding of the legal nuances involved. The attorney can guide the families through the legal process, gather evidence, and build a strong case.

Additionally, the families should document any evidence they have, such as medical records, witness statements, or any other relevant information that can support their claims. It's important to act promptly, as there may be statutes of limitations that vary depending on the jurisdiction and circumstances of the case.

DM: Thank you for providing this legal information, Brian. In cases like this, where the police officer was appointed as a high school resource officer, what responsibility does the school district hold?

BK: School districts have a duty to ensure the safety and well-being of their students. If it can be proven that the district knew or should have known about the officer's potential for abuse, yet failed to take appropriate action to prevent it, they may bear liability for their negligence.

DM: If the accused officer was employed by the police department as a school resource officer, can you explain the implications of this employment arrangement and how it may affect potential civil cases?

BK: Certainly, Darla. When a police department employs the school resource officer, it adds another layer of complexity to potential civil cases. The police department may bear some responsibility for the actions of their officer, particularly if there were prior red flags or misconduct that should have been addressed. Determining the extent of each party's responsibility requires a thorough investigation and expert legal analysis.

DM: It's clear that there are significant legal implications for all parties involved. Lastly, Brian, what message would you like to convey to the families affected by such horrific abuse?

BK: To the families, I want to express my deepest sympathy and support during this difficult time. It's essential to prioritize the well-being and healing of the victims. Pursuing a civil case can provide a sense of justice and accountability, as well as financial support for therapy, medical expenses, and other necessary resources. I encourage the families to seek legal counsel to explore their options and understand the legal remedies available to them.

DM: Thank you, for talking with us today.

BK: Thank you, Darla. It's vital that we continue to shed light on these issues and work together to protect our children and seek justice for those who have been harmed.



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