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Chester Co. DA: Male Teacher At Private School For Boys Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges

MALVERN, Pa. (CBS) – The Chester County DA says a teacher from a day and boarding school for boys located in Malvern has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a student.

The male teacher, 31-year-old Matthew Scavitto, was reportedly arrested on June 9th.

Officials say that from 2013-14, when Scavitto was a teacher, coach and dorm supervisor at the Phelps School, he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a full-time boarding student.

The student, who attended the school from 2011 through 2014, reported that the abuse began in 2013 and continued through the summer of 2013, when he and Scavitto were both at a camp in New Hampshire, and then throughout the victim's senior year at the Phelps School.

Daniel E. Knopp, Head of School for the Phelps School, released the following statement on Wednesday:

"The Phelps School was shocked and saddened to learn of the arrest of a faculty member late yesterday evening.  We can assure members of The Phelps School community that the safety and well-being of our students is paramount, and the staff member in question will not be returning.  We are cooperating fully with the authorities on this matter, including the District Attorney's Office of Chester County.  We ask anyone with further information to contact the DA's office or the Willistown Police Department immediately."

Scavitto is currently being held on $250,000 bail at the Chester County Prison and is facing charges of Institutional Sexual Assault, Corruption of Minors, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, and Endangering the Welfare of Children.

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