WEST CHESTER—The Common Pleas judge presiding over the criminal case against a former private religious school teacher has set a firm date for the man’s trial.
On Thursday, Judge Patrick Carmody reaffirmed that he had ordered the lawyers involved in the case tied to his courtroom to stand trial the week of August 29, about 14 months after Randy Lee Boston, the former teacher of the West Chester Christian School who now serves as the pastor of a church in Luzerne County, was arrested.
The case involves a former student at the school who told police he was sexually assaulted by Boston as a freshman, after being called out by the teacher for discipline following a a minor incident of childish misbehavior – sticking out his tongue like a fellow student.
The Boston trial will open with jury selection and is not expected to last more than a few days, with testimony from the young man, now in his 20s, who has already appeared in court once to tell his story. to have happened to him over a decade ago.
“I was forced to perform and receive oral sex,” he told Magistrate District Judge Martin Goch during a preliminary hearing in August 2021.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Detective William J. Cuddhy of West Goshen when asked about the incident, the pastor denied that anything happened between him and the boy. But pressed by investigators, Boston reportedly acknowledged that he found elementary school kids attractive, especially their butts.
Boston, 64, of Shickshinny, is charged with involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a person under 13, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and touching sex with a student, as well as unlawful restraint and unlawful imprisonment of a minor.
He has been out on bail since his arrest in July 2021.
In the Boston case, Cuddhy said in her complaint that the alleged victim spoke to her after she told her mother about the Boston encounter and that she reported the incident to the ChildLine network. The incident is believed to have taken place in 2008, when the alleged victim was a pupil at the school – a small private K-12 religious school allied with the West Chester Bible Baptist Church on Paoli Pike.
The alleged victim, now 20, told Cuddhy that Boston performed oral sex on her and made her perform oral sex on Boston. He said he believed it had happened up to three times, but could only remember details of one specific occasion.
He said he had been with other students in the gymnasium, gathered before class started after being dropped off at school. They organized themselves by levels before going to their class. There are only about 100 students at the school in all grades, according to the school’s website.
During his meeting with Boston, the man said he had stuck his tongue out at another child, which Boston observed. Boston ordered him to follow him to the ground floor of the school, under the gymnasium, which he said was normal when a student was being disciplined “one-on-one”.
But when they got downstairs, the man said, Boston took him into a room and closed the door behind him. He said he vividly remembered Boston telling him to take off his belt and drop his pants. He said Boston gave him oral sex and then told him to give Boston oral sex.
When Cuddhy asked the man how he felt during the alleged assault, he said he was repulsed and disgusted. But he said he felt unable to leave the room and would be in trouble if he did. After the encounter, Boston made him go back to chewing gum and apologize to the students for sticking his tongue out.
When asked why he thought Boston assaulted him more than once, the man said he remembered it happening, but no specific details like the first time.
According to the complaint, Pastor Daniel Brabson of West Chester Christian School confirmed in an interview that Boston had worked at the school, beginning in 1979. He taught fifth grade, Brabson said, but was allegedly involved in discipline. students while overseeing the morning assembly. .
The pastor also confirmed that the man, whose name was not listed in the complaint, had been a student at the school in 2008.
After hearing about the man, Cuddhy and Detective David Maurer traveled to Shickshinny to interview Boston, now pastor of the Bible Baptist Church in the small borough. The interview was recorded. When the couple asked Boston if they knew why he was there, they said they did because the man’s father called him on Monday with the allegations.
He initially denied the charges and said he didn’t know what the police were talking about. But Maurer asked him if he was attracted to little boys, and he said he had been in the past, and “always struggled with his desire for them,” according to the complaint. He said he was attracted to their bodies, especially their butts.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christine Abatemarco of the prosecutor’s child abuse unit. Boston is represented by veteran defense attorney Evan Kelly of Bellwoar and Kelly in West Chester.
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