Lower Dauphin teacher charged with indecent assault

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) - A former teacher at Lower Dauphin High School is accused of having indecent contact with a student.

John P. Butler, 34, of Hummelstown, was charged Wednesday with one count of indecent assault.

Hummelstown police said they were contacted by the school district in November about a possible crime involving Butler and a student who no longer attends Lower Dauphin.

The woman was interviewed, and she told police that during her senior year, in April 2017, Butler pushed her against a wall and kissed her while she was alone with him in his classroom, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said the charge was filed after a thorough investigation and consultation with the Dauphin County district attorney's office.

Butler was arraigned and immediately waived a preliminary hearing, according to court records. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Butler was a social studies teacher at the high school. He was placed on administrative leave in early November and resigned Nov. 27, the district said. He was hired at the start of the 2009-2010 school year.

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