Early last month, we reported on Chambersburg Area Senior High School teacher Benjamin A. Duran- Tobias charged with sexually assaulting a student. That incident resulted in various felony charges, including institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
Following that arrest, more charges of felony sexual abuse of children – child pornography and corruption of minors. More information continues to come out regarding allegations against Duran-Tobias. The investigation into these latest charges provides alarming allegations of disturbing sexual discussion with students.
Several juvenile female students
According to court documents, the Chambersburg Police Department received several referrals from Franklin County Children in youth. They advised they suspected Duran-Tobias had inappropriate contact with several juvenile female students.
Chambersburg Area School District received a Safe-to-Say Tip regarding a teacher having sexual conversations with a female student. In that particular instance, allegedly, Duran-Tobias asked her about books she was reading, which became a conversation about the book 50 Shades of Gray. Over time the conversation turned sexual, discussing the use of sexual toys.
Progressively becoming more sexual
Duran-Tobias also allegedly told the female student that he dreamed about her “doing things to herself while wearing a tight black leather dress.” The use of sexual devices, ad for lingerie, and self-stimulation were discussion topics.
Court documents state that on another occasion, Duran-Tobias asked to see an image on a 16-year-old student’s cell phone and, while doing so, deliberately clicked on a separate image depicting the student nude. The female student took the phone back and deleted the picture. Duran-Tobias then asked why she deleted the photo and allegedly asked if she sent nude photographs and, on another occasion, asked for the student’s phone number.
On one set of charges, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 10th at 1:30 PM. A formal arraignment is scheduled for 2:30 PM on 5/18/22 in Courtroom #4 at the Franklin County Courthouse.
Court documents list Terrence Joseph McGowan of Killian & Gephart LLP as Mr. Duran-Tobias’s attorney.