BENSALEM, PA – A Bensalem man who worked as a special education assistant in a nearby school district was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two children.
Bensalem Township Police say 33-year-old Anthony Troupe was originally arrested on March 16 for child pornography. Police said Troupe, who was working in the Hatboro-Horsham School District at the time, was arrested that day after a search warrant was issued at his home on Bensalem Boulevard.
According to police, the search uncovered evidence leading to Troupe’s being accused of possessing and distributing child pornography. His original bail was set at 10 percent of $ 75,000.
However, after his arrest, the detectives continued to investigate and eventually identified two children who were sexually assaulted by troupe, police said. In the news release, police said the children were unrelated to his work for the Montgomery County school district.
District officials also said Tuesday they were unaware of any crimes that Troupe has committed in the district or that involve any of their students.
Police added new charges of involuntary sex with a child, involuntary deviant sex, corruption of minors and other crimes. The force has been charged and taken to the Bucks County Correctional Facility, now in lieu of 10 percent of the $ 1 million bail.
In the press release, police said that based on their investigation, they believe there may be more victims in the case. They ask anyone with information to contact Bensalem Police at 215-633-3719.
In a written statement, Hatboro-Horsham School District officials said they were “concerned” to learn of the charges. The district is working with the police on the case and has contacted the families of the children to whom Troupe has been assigned directly.
Troupe was reportedly not a direct employee of the district but was assigned to Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham through a contracted service, Substitute Teacher Service, Inc. The service offers specialized learning support.
Troupe worked in Hallowell in February 2020 and again from September 2020 until his arrest on March 16. His child abuse clearances were current and in compliance with state law and district guidelines, officials said.
The district released him because of the arrest, the statement said.
“Hatboro-Horsham School District will continue to prioritize the safety of our students through the investigation,” officials said. “We recognize that this is annoying for our school families and faculties. Advisory services and support are provided to students and staff.”
Anyone in the district with information on this case can also call the Horsham Police Department at 215-643-8284.
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