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Preliminary Hearing for Dinkins Postponed to September

Former William Tennent High School Music Teacher Tyrone Dinkins faces 16 counts of felony and misdemeanor charges that include unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault.

The preliminary hearing for former William Tennent music teacher Tyrone Dinkins has been moved from August 10 to September 28, 9:15 a.m. at the , according to court documents.

Dinkins to authorities Tuesday afternoon for arraignment after the Bucks County District Attorney's office for his arrest. According to the affidavit, eight female students ranging in age from 16 to 19 years old accused the high school choral director of inappropriate sexual behavior.

The investigation by Warminster officers resulted in 16 criminal counts, including two felony charges of unlawful conatct with a minor, four misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, four misdemeanor charges of indecent assault without consent and six counts of harassment through lewd language.

Bail has been set at $800,000, but Dinkins remains at the Bucks County correctional facility because of his inability to pay the 10 percent bond.

Meanwhile, the William Tennent Madrigals were scheduled to arrive at JFK airport at 1:15 p.m. today and make their return home from the  during the 2012 Olympics in London.

LovinLife August 10, 2012 at 02:50 AM
How about we disconnect the connetion between Dinkins and the Madrigals!
Lou August 10, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The Mads owe everything to Dinkins. Can't really disconnect the two.
vlad August 10, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Mads owe everything to Dinkins!! I'm not defending him but asking to disconnect Mads from Dinkins is not possible.
k August 11, 2012 at 06:04 AM
I still cannot believe this is happening right now. I would have defended him till the end if he did not admit to things. He never seemed like that type of man. Very disappointing.
HONEST MOM August 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM
The children involved in the Madrigals do not owe Dinkins one thing. Their beautiful voices got them the accolades they deserved. An instructor is nothing without hard working, talented students. It would be nice to see an article about the Madrigals and their wonderful trip separately from Dinkins. I think the community would like to see pictures of their trip and hear from the students about their amazing experience performing abroad with no mention of Dinkins at all. Whoever writes the article would be wise to calmly delete any comments of Dinkins if and when they are made so that these kids can have something just for themselves unsoiled by that man. Just a thought.
Steve August 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
While I agree with the hard work and the talent the students have put into their voices, Mr. Dinkins is responsible for getting the Madrigals singers to London and to many other successes. These students are talented yes but as a former singer of the Madrigals for four years I know that this man pushed me and others to our best. Please do not take away the honorable work and time he has put in for those students, both past and present. You have no right to take away the things he has done for that group unless you actually performed under him.
Steve August 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The students performing in London would never agree with your comments. They know that Mr. Dinkins is responsible for helping them get to London. Who submitted the audition tape? Who did the research for them to perform at these locations? The students know he helped them get where they are with their wonderful voices. He has not soiled anything for the Madrigal singers and as an alumni of the group I find your comments hurtful and disgusting. You have no shame.
Student August 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I have to disagree with HONEST MOM. I was apart of the trip and we did put a lot of hard work into this, but we did not learn the things that brought us there by ourselves. Mr. Dinkins taught us so many little tricks to improve our singing. Putting all those lessons together is what made us a great choir. When we sung, we sung to represent Tennent and Pennsylvania. We don't "owe" Mr. Dinkins anything, but we do have to give him credit for getting us there. He researched the trip, he conducted the audition tape, and he tried his hardest to make us the best choir we could/can be. All we can do now is remember him as the helpful teacher. He will be missed.
HONEST MOM August 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Steve my comments were not meant to be hurtful to you young singers at all. I'm not sure how my comments are disgusting but I'm sorry you feel that way. You are right young man I do not feel any shame for how I feel about Mr. Dinkins. I have not taken anything away from him at all. He did that all by himself with his reprehensible actions.
Steve August 12, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Read the comment before yours from a student who was actually in London. They speak the truth- you spread disdain and hate for someone who you barely know
HONEST MOM August 13, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Steven even if someone has done numerous good things in life when they do something so reprehensible as what he's done to these girls it takes away the goodness. I'm glad you got good things from him in life but the facts remain he has admitted to hurting these girls. I'm sure this is very hard for you and I'm sorry that any of you kids have to go through this. I truly am. I'm speaking the truth young man not hate! Sometimes the truth is ugly and this is one of those times. No one has the right to hurt these young girls not even a man who did good things for some of his students.
Dinkin's Supporter August 13, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Read the articles carefully. He "allegedly" admitted. He is innocent until proven guilty.
Kristina Smith August 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM
It seems to me that a father, husband and teacher is going to prison because he allegedly made a few dramatic teen girl's feel uncomfortable. Seems a little harsh right now. I guess we will wait until a trial to hear his side.
Warminster Resident August 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Unfortunately, while the comments are "allegedly" in the article, they are not alleged in the PDF document which is the official document listing the statement of police and the conversation with Mr. Dinkins. I am truly heartbroken not only for these girls but for all the students who are here to support Mr. Dinkins; they prove that this man did have a huge positive impact on so many students, and that, to me, makes this situation even worse. I disagree that his behavior takes anything away from anyone; he positively effected the lives of hundreds of students, and these students shouldn't let what he's done make them feel as though they are any less of a student, musician, or person. But this is just such a sad awful situation. For everyone involved.
Warminster Resident August 14, 2012 at 03:19 AM
One last thought: All of these supportive students posting here: I ask that you reflect on your comments here - and the comments of others - once you have children. It is literally impossible for you to understand where parents are coming from in this situation because you don't understand the ultimate trust we put in teachers to protect our children. Kissing a girl on the neck (admitted to police in affidavit), telling a girl he had dreams about them (admitted to police in affidavit)...that's not making "dramatic girls uncomfortable"...that is a complete violation of that trust, and I don't think students can comprehend the severity of that violation. I hope they never have to.
Steve August 15, 2012 at 01:01 AM
And I ask you to put your trust in the comments of previous students who have commented on here repeatedly about Mr. Dinkin's as well. I understand the severity of what he is facing very well so please don't try to "dumb down" our students. Many of them have shown support for an amazing teacher who inspired them and helped them through difficult times in their lives, myself included. We don't understand because we don't have children? The community doesn't understand because they did not learn and become encouraged by this man. I am not saying that one side is wrong and one is right, but please don't tell me that students do not understand what is going on and how you feel because you are a parent. We understand perfectly well. Maybe you need to understand where the students, past and present, are coming from.
Not a chance... August 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Bad people are not bad 24/7. They spend most of the day like anyone else would. In this case he spent it in a profession where helping people was both his job and something he loved to do. Those who benefitted from the good side are, I'm sure, glad for what he's done for them. Still, what HE (not the "dramatic" teenagers) was doing when nobody was looking was illegal and immoral, and could easily have an affect on people for a lifetime. That puts him in the bad guy column in my book. Remember that the kids affected did not lock him up. The police did the investigation, not the kids. It makes me sick that these kids who were VICTIMIZED by this PREDATOR will now be victimized by their fellow students because they never saw the bad stuff...
Mary Alice Brancato August 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Steve we do realize that he helped some of you. We're glad for that! We're glad that you and others weren't hurt by him in any way. No one is trying to dumb down anything. As parents we send all of you to school every day trusting that those we trust with our most precious gifts will not harm them in any way. This man broke that trust. Parents are upset. There is nothing most of us wouldn't do to protect our children or any child for that matter. Let me ask you those who are making terrible comments about young ladies who had the strength to come forward and who have saved more young girls from such treatment...have you taken their feelings into consideration? They are the victims. Dinkins has admitted to hurting these girls in his own words in the PDF. There is no justifying that. I thank the girls who came forward and saved even one more child from being abused in any way.


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