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Northeast High staffer charged with sex with student

Mark Pre­ston Wil­li­ams, 56, sur­rendered to au­thor­it­ies yes­ter­day morn­ing. He is ac­cused of in­sti­tu­tion­al sexu­al as­sault of a stu­dent and oth­er charges in con­nec­tion with a 17-year-old girl.

A former dean of stu­dents at North­east High School was ar­res­ted yes­ter­day for al­legedly hav­ing sex with a 17-year-old stu­dent.

Mark Pre­ston Wil­li­ams, 56, sur­rendered to au­thor­it­ies yes­ter­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to a prin­ted state­ment is­sued by the Phil­adelphia Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. He was charged with in­sti­tu­tion­al sexu­al as­sault of a stu­dent, un­law­ful con­tact with a minor, cor­rup­tion of a minor, en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child and in­ter­fer­ence with the cus­tody of a child.

The vic­tim was a girl, but the city pro­sec­utor did not provide fur­ther de­tails about the vic­tim or the al­leged crim­in­al activ­ity. Calls placed to North­east High School and the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia headquar­ters late yes­ter­day were not re­turned im­me­di­ately.

Wil­li­ams re­mained in cus­tody late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon and was await­ing form­al ar­raign­ment. No bail had been set.

Ac­cord­ing to the DA’s state­ment, the crime of in­sti­tu­tion­al sexu­al as­sault of a stu­dent is a third-de­gree felony that was signed in­to law in Decem­ber 2011. The stat­ute pro­hib­its sec­ond­ary school teach­ers from sexu­al activ­ity with any of their stu­dents, re­gard­less if a stu­dent is of leg­al con­sent­ing age. ••

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