Arrest Warrant Issued for Former Tennent Choral Director

Tyrone Dinkins has been accused of several counts of unlawful contact with eight victims at the high school.

Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler and Warminster Police Chief Michael Murphy have issued an arrest warrant for former William Tennent vocal director Tyrone Dinkins.

According to a release, the Warminster Police Department received a complaint of inappropriate contact between a teacher and several students at William Tennent High School.  The police department launched an intensive investigation into this complaint, with the full cooperation of the Centennial School District, the release said.  

Dinkins is charged with multiple counts related to unlawful contact with a minor.  These charges stem from incidents which were reported just prior to the end of the school year.  Eight victims have been identified and all the incidents took place at .  The school district placed Mr. Dinkins on administrative leave from his position with the school district.  

Members of the William Tennent Madrigals to perform at several venues in the United Kingdom, coinciding with the 2012 Olympic games. The trip had been sent last year by Dinkins, who also events for the tour. Centennial officials declined to comment on Dinkins' sudden departure before the June graduation ceremonies and the Olympic trip. 

Minutes after the announcement of the arrest warrant, Centennial Superintendent Dr. Jenny Cressman released the following statement:

Our students’ safety and welfare are always our primary concern. The Centennial School District is extremely concerned by the very serious allegations against High School Choral Director Mr. Tyrone Dinkins.  The School District immediately placed Mr. Dinkins on administrative leave and contacted the appropriate authorities.  We are fortunate to have such good partners in Chief Michael Murphy and Warminster Township Police Department. The School District’s primary concern at this time is to attend to the needs of our students. 

Counselors, school psychologists, and social workers are available for any student or staff member who would like to talk with someone. Students can contact a caring adult with whom to speak by calling their school office.  The school district administration and the district’s attorney will be available to meet with parents, staff, and students about the situation. Again, our primary concern is our students’ welfare, and we take very seriously any allegations of inappropriate conduct.


Arrangements have been made for Dinkins, who lives in Oreland, to surrender himself at the Magisterial District Court offices of Daniel Finello at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday for arraignment.  

Longtime Resident August 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
S.M. and Miss Truthful: How can you say this is all a hoax and that you second that??? Dont you know how to read??? If you read the arrest documents you would see that Mr. Dinkins admitted to the actions he is being charged with. You should both be assamed of your selves.
Longtime Resident August 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Miss Truthful: Again I have to say learn to read and then you will know some actual facts of this case. Your beloved Mr. Dinkins admitted to several inappropriate actions that he is being charged with. If anyone ruined his life it was him...and he also caused some emotional damage to the girls that he violated.....by his own admission.
HONEST MOM August 13, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Miss truthful maybe you should read his admission of guilt!
Bobz August 29, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Sorry for the late comments (I've been away on vacation). I believe Dinkins is guilty, guilty of accepting employment in a mostly lower middle class, white, Warminster/Upper Southampton area high school while being a large black man with dread locks, the stereotypical "other." Once I went away to college, it became more apparent to me the level of racism that existed at that high school. Good luck to Dinkins as he goes through the process of dealing with these charges, based on many of the comments (when child molestation is alleged, it's more like "guilty until proven innocent), he's going to need it. From some of the supportive comments, it's obvious Dinkins isn't the dirty old man in a trench coat some of his accusers and detractors claim he is. BTW never talk to the police without your lawyer when being interrogated, they aren't as interested in finding the one who committed the crime, more like looking to for someone to pin a crime on; after your words have been twisted to mean something other than the message you we're trying to communicate when you spoke to the police, is the wrong time to wish you had said something different or used different words. Remember whenever you talk to the police be careful, they don't call criminal court an adversarial process for nothing, they are one of those adversaries.
Longtime Resident August 29, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Bobz, You’re kidding right???? You are going to make this about race??? No one on here ever called Dinkins a dirty old man or even commented on his race. There were a lot of people that said he was a great teacher and supported him for that reason but if you ever learned to read you will see that he admitted to a lot of what he being charged with. I agree he made a big mistake and made some bad decisions like touching, rubbing the girls butts and breast, kissing and using suggestive comments not working in the Centennial school district. That decision was good for many students and the school. He admitted to what he did and is trying to take responsibility for his actions, then there are people like you trying to make it something its not....and it is not about race.


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