Philadelphia Charter School Dean Charged With Raping 8th Grade Girl

The dean of students of a Philadelphia charter elementary school raped an 8th grade student at an airport hotel, authorities in Delaware County said.

Omar Harrison, 42, of Cheltenham, faces statutory rape and indecent assault charges for the alleged assault of girl who attended Harrity Elementary School in West Philadelphia. The school is part of the Mastery Charter system.

Police in Tinicum Township allege Harrison drove the student to a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport and assaulted her. The incident happened at the end of last school year, police said. She was 14 years old at the time.

Officials learned of the assault last Friday after the girl's mother came to the school to confront Harrison.

A Mastery Charter spokesperson said the school was placed on lockdown and the police were called when the mother made the allegation.

Police arrested Harrison Wednesday. Mastery Charter fired him as Harrity Elementary's dean of students following an internal investigation.

Harrison was unable to post 10 percent of $100,000 bail and remains in the Delaware County Jail. Court documents do not indicate whether he has retained legal counsel.

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