October 11, 2019
Joshua Rhett Miller
An overnight staffer at a private school in Massachusetts has been charged with raping a cognitively disabled 19-year-old student, police said.
Phillip Houtman, 28, of New Bedford, surrendered to authorities Friday afternoon after being charged a day earlier with rape, indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and related counts for sexually assaulting a special needs student at Chamberlain International School, Middleborough police said.
Investigators learned of the allegations against Houtman on Sept. 30. Police said he worked as an overnight employee at the