Teacher Accused of Molesting Students in Lackawanna County

SCRANTON -- Seven teenagers have come forward, saying they were molested by their teacher.

Richard Humphrey, an automotive teacher at the Lackawanna County Career Technology Center in Scranton, is facing felony charges accused of molesting seven of his male students.

The Lackawanna County Career Technology Center in Scranton teaches vocational skills to high school students from eight different school districts in the area.

Earlier this month, a boy taking classes at the Career Technology Center said he had been inappropriately touched by a teacher. When police started investigating, six other boys--ages 16 through 18--made similar allegations against Humphrey.

Humphrey, of West Wyoming, teaches automotive tech. He's charged with institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors.

"I think once we started looking into this, we realized that there were a lot of children who felt there was inappropriate behavior. As they were interviewed--they were obviously done separately--their stories were eerily similar," said Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon.

The boys told investigators Humphrey would grab them inappropriately, sometimes when they were alone, sometimes in front of other students.

The allegations were surprising to some other CTC students.

"A couple people came up to me and were like, 'Did you hear about Mr. Humphrey?' I was like, 'No, I didn't.' I didn't believe it at first because I had no evidence or anything, anything that I witnessed," said student Ilhanan Razeu. "I didn't believe it. He was a good teacher always, never disrespected me, you know?"

Board members with the Career Technology Center say Humphrey was suspended as soon as the allegations came to light a few weeks ago.

The school said in a statement:

"We have been cooperating fully with all authorities during the investigation of these allegations and immediately implemented steps to ensure student safety when the reports were brought to our attention."

Humphrey is free on bail. He's due in court next week.

Meanwhile, officials at the school say they have provided counseling services to those seven alleged victims.

26 comments

  • Profile Them all

    Interesting that 99% of pedophiles are older white males. I think that there should be mandatory testing for people of this group to see if they get aroused from watching children, or get off on power trips.

  • nsfan1989

    disturbing trend in NEPA. PA might be ground zero for molestation. Florida is bad! but no one is from there it is who moves there. In PA its homegrown oddballs.

  • think positive

    Whatever happened to “hands to yourself”? Who goes around touching people all the time? Why are there so many perverts out there these days? It’s disgusting!

    • Postin'

      PA and Florida are riddled with sexually roaming deviants. No one knows why but they can be identified through their tight sweatpants or long grey socks. Some sh** pants. When they get too nasty in PA theyre sent to Florida. And Florida does the same. Vicious cycle. Awkward strides.

  • Kman43

    Kids prolly got the hard hand while working on the engine. Its a shame. Been there, strongly opposed.

  • anna

    Just make sure these students aren’t a bunch of buddies trying to make big trouble for their teacher….always two sides to a story…you just never know what the real truth is!

  • Just_Think_About_It

    Why have backround checks and have the tax payers foot the bill? How many teachers and public servants have been nabbed for doing stuff like this or more? Just because somebody passes a backround check is no guarantee that there a good person and don’t have something to hide. Scary……

    • Roger Ebert

      For the love of Mike, please study your grammar (their, they’re, there). In response to your comment about background checks, in PA all school districts are required by law to do the follow checks – Act, 4, 168, 82 and 24. Yes, we pay for it. The ugly truth is that unless a closet perv has been arrested and convicted, there is no way of knowing that they are capable of this horrible stuff. Having said that, if he’s guilty, he should hang by this toes.

      • Potholearsholeylvania

        you teachers dont pay for anything thanks to us great tax payers and dont your forget it

    • In a galaxy far far away

      Lookout, the grammar police are coming for you! You better change your (not to be confused with you’re) name and go into protective custody or you will dissappear in the middle of the night never to be seem Again! Run for YOUR life!

      • In a galaxy far far away

        Oh no, spell check somehow capitalized Again at the end of a sentence. Now I will have to join you. Well, let’s get packing!

    • The Joke is...

      Wow… I do a similar joke first and get down thumbed, but you are up thumbed… what the heck people.
      My grandfather Seymour Butz use to tell these jokes to me…

    • Jfox

      What does the CTC Nursing program have to do with this? CTC Nursing program is rated the 2nd best nursing program in the state of Pa. Sounds to me you either do not know what you are talking about or are bitter because you didn’t make the cut.

  • The Joke is...

    He use to be able to Humphrey, but not any more. ba da tsh
    Seriously though… Richard Humphrey… Dick Hump Free

  • billyr

    Here we go again another molestation charge in NEPA. At least it wasnt in the skook there that place is starting to scare me with the stories out of there!

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