MIDDLEBORO — The Middleboro Police Department has charged an employee at the Chamberlain International School with raping and sexually assaulting an adult student who is cognitively disabled.

Police have applied for and received an arrest warrant, charging 28-year-old Phillip Houtman of New Bedford with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability, as well as charges of rape, assault to rape and open and gross lewdness.

Chief Joseph Perkins is strongly suggesting that Houtman turn himself in to police, and the Middleboro Police Department is asking anyone who may see Houtman or have knowledge of his whereabouts to call the police department as soon as possible.
On Sept. 30, Middleboro Police were notified of an allegation about Houtman, who allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old student at the school. The Chamberlain International School is a private boarding and day school that serves students ages 11-22 who have cognitive and developmental disorders and disabilities. Houtman is an overnight staff member at the school and has worked there for less than a year, according to school administrators.Anyone with information about Houtman's whereabouts is asked to call the Middleboro Police at (508) 947-1212.These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

-- Middleboro Police Department