BETHALTO – A Bethalto man charged with two Class X felonies was released from custody after his bail was reduced to $150,000 from $500,000.
A former automotive teacher accused of sexually assaulting several boys at the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County is charged with felonies for a third time since May after another victim alleged new misconduct, Scranton police said.
Richard Humphrey, 62, 1175 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming, now faces additional felony counts of corruption of minors and institutional sexual assault for touching the genitals of a teenage student sometime between January and May, according to a criminal complaint filed by Detectives Jeffrey Gilroy and Christian Gowarty. He also is charged with an additional count of indecent assault.
A juvenile identified only by his initials disclosed in an interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania that Humphrey had walked in on him in the bathroom during the winter while he was urinating.
“Look what we have here,” Humphrey said, according to a police affidavit.
Humphrey then started rubbing the teenager’s genitals. The child pushed Humphrey away.
“I don’t know what the big deal is,” Humphrey said.
The Times-Tribune does not identify victims of sexual assault.
“At this point in time, we have no comment,” said Humphrey’s attorney, Michael Butera, of Pittston. “Neither I nor my client have any comment at this time.”
Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell arraigned and released Humphrey on $20,000 unsecured bail. Humphrey immediately waived his right to a preliminary hearing, sending the case to a higher court for a plea or trial.
Two additional sexual abuse cases against Humphrey are also awaiting trial.
The investigation began in May, with one student’s allegation that Humphrey grabbed his crotch. When police filed charges at the end of that month, a total of seven students had made allegations.
CTC solicitor Judith Price at the time said the allegations represented an “egregious breach of trust” and said Humphrey had been suspended with pay pending the results of an investigation. Humphrey, a teacher at the CTC for two years, had an annual salary of $43,000 for the 2016-17 year.
Humphrey submitted his resignation June 12.
Police filed a second batch of charges against him in July, after two more CTC students and an adult made allegations against him that he touched their genitals.