MOULTONBOROUGH — A schoolteacher arrested in Pennsylvania this week on charges of sexually assaulting a former student worked at Camp Tescumseh, a summer camp for boys on Moultonborough Neck, where his abuse of the victim allegedly continued.
Matthew Scavitto, 31, a teacher at the Phelps School, a private day and boarding school for boys in Malvern, PA has been charged with institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and endangering the welfare of children by Chester County Attorney Tom Hogan. He is being held in the Chester County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.
Moultonborough Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee, Jr. said yesterday that he recently became aware of the charges and allegations. "We are reaching out to the authorities in Pennsylvania, adding that "it is way to early to speculate about charges being filed in New Hampshire."
Following Scavitto's arrest he was immediately dismissed from his position at the Phelps School. Doug Knight, the director of Camp Tecumseh, who serves as Associate Director of Admissions and Tuition Assistance.at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania, could not be reached for content at press time.
According to a report in the Delaware County Daily Times on June 8, the victim told the Willistown Police that the pattern of sexual assaults began in May 2013, near the end of the victim's junior year at the Phelps School when he was 17, continued while Scavitto and his victim were at Camp Tecumseh in the summer of 2013 and throughout the victim's senior year at school.
The paper reported Willistown Police Chief John Narcise to say that "based upon this defendant's behavior and law enforcement's experience, we are concerned there may be other victims." He encouraged anyone with with additional information to call Detective Sergeant Jeff Heim at his department at 610-251-0222.