MONROE COUNTY, IN – A 19-year-old tutor is looking at child molestation charges after a 7-year-old student says he molested her inside a classroom at a non-profit school for kids with dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD.
The victim told investigators that in October she was sitting in the lap of Benjamin Haile, a part time tutor at Pinnacle School, while watching a movie in a darkened classroom. She said Haile put his hands down her shirt and into her pants where he ”rubbed her girl part.” She said Haile had also taken her hands and forced her to “rub his boy part.”
Haile was questioned about the allegations and initially denied he had touched the girl inappropriately, but would later change that statement and tell investigators that it was all just an accident.
He said the girl’s leg was over his arm and he accidentally touched her private part but removed his hand immediately. He also told them he put his hand around her rib to take her off his lap, and accidentally touched her chest. I guess that’s a barely plausible explanation, but come on… you accidentally touched her vagina and her breast in one sitting?
Thank God Haile wasn’t hugging the girl, or he’d be explaining how he accidentally got her pregnant.
Pinnacle School administrators immediately put Haile on leave when they first learned of the investigation, then eventually fired him. “Once we were aware there was an investigation, he was relieved of his duties within the week,” said Denise Lessow, Executive Director of the Pinnacle School. “It was a single isolated occurrence. ”
She went on to say that, aside from these latest accusations of molesting a 7-year-old girl while forcing her to give him a hand-job, Haile has been an excellent student and instructor.
“He had been a former student here, had graduated from high school, and had done very well with pursuing a college degree at Ivy Tech,” she said. Haile is now facing two felony charges of child molestation.Tags: Benjamin Haile, Child Molestation, Indiana, school, student, teacher