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Preliminary Hearing for Dinkins Postponed to September

Former William Tennent High School Music Teacher Tyrone Dinkins faces 16 counts of felony and misdemeanor charges that include unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault.

The preliminary hearing for former William Tennent music teacher Tyrone Dinkins has been moved from August 10 to September 28, 9:15 a.m. at the , according to court documents.

Dinkins to authorities Tuesday afternoon for arraignment after the Bucks County District Attorney's office for his arrest. According to the affidavit, eight female students ranging in age from 16 to 19 years old accused the high school choral director of inappropriate sexual behavior.

The investigation by Warminster officers resulted in 16 criminal counts, including two felony charges of unlawful conatct with a minor, four misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, four misdemeanor charges of indecent assault without consent and six counts of harassment through lewd language.

Bail has been set at $800,000, but Dinkins remains at the Bucks County correctional facility because of his inability to pay the 10 percent bond.

Meanwhile, the William Tennent Madrigals were scheduled to arrive at JFK airport at 1:15 p.m. today and make their return home from the  during the 2012 Olympics in London.

Warminster Resident August 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Unfortunately, while the comments are "allegedly" in the article, they are not alleged in the PDF document which is the official document listing the statement of police and the conversation with Mr. Dinkins. I am truly heartbroken not only for these girls but for all the students who are here to support Mr. Dinkins; they prove that this man did have a huge positive impact on so many students, and that, to me, makes this situation even worse. I disagree that his behavior takes anything away from anyone; he positively effected the lives of hundreds of students, and these students shouldn't let what he's done make them feel as though they are any less of a student, musician, or person. But this is just such a sad awful situation. For everyone involved.
Warminster Resident August 14, 2012 at 03:19 AM
One last thought: All of these supportive students posting here: I ask that you reflect on your comments here - and the comments of others - once you have children. It is literally impossible for you to understand where parents are coming from in this situation because you don't understand the ultimate trust we put in teachers to protect our children. Kissing a girl on the neck (admitted to police in affidavit), telling a girl he had dreams about them (admitted to police in affidavit)...that's not making "dramatic girls uncomfortable"...that is a complete violation of that trust, and I don't think students can comprehend the severity of that violation. I hope they never have to.
Steve August 15, 2012 at 01:01 AM
And I ask you to put your trust in the comments of previous students who have commented on here repeatedly about Mr. Dinkin's as well. I understand the severity of what he is facing very well so please don't try to "dumb down" our students. Many of them have shown support for an amazing teacher who inspired them and helped them through difficult times in their lives, myself included. We don't understand because we don't have children? The community doesn't understand because they did not learn and become encouraged by this man. I am not saying that one side is wrong and one is right, but please don't tell me that students do not understand what is going on and how you feel because you are a parent. We understand perfectly well. Maybe you need to understand where the students, past and present, are coming from.
Not a chance... August 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Bad people are not bad 24/7. They spend most of the day like anyone else would. In this case he spent it in a profession where helping people was both his job and something he loved to do. Those who benefitted from the good side are, I'm sure, glad for what he's done for them. Still, what HE (not the "dramatic" teenagers) was doing when nobody was looking was illegal and immoral, and could easily have an affect on people for a lifetime. That puts him in the bad guy column in my book. Remember that the kids affected did not lock him up. The police did the investigation, not the kids. It makes me sick that these kids who were VICTIMIZED by this PREDATOR will now be victimized by their fellow students because they never saw the bad stuff...
Mary Alice Brancato August 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Steve we do realize that he helped some of you. We're glad for that! We're glad that you and others weren't hurt by him in any way. No one is trying to dumb down anything. As parents we send all of you to school every day trusting that those we trust with our most precious gifts will not harm them in any way. This man broke that trust. Parents are upset. There is nothing most of us wouldn't do to protect our children or any child for that matter. Let me ask you those who are making terrible comments about young ladies who had the strength to come forward and who have saved more young girls from such treatment...have you taken their feelings into consideration? They are the victims. Dinkins has admitted to hurting these girls in his own words in the PDF. There is no justifying that. I thank the girls who came forward and saved even one more child from being abused in any way.

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