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The Bobster
02-15-2017, 10:26 AM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Norristown-Catholic-Early-Education-Center-Teacher-Sex-Abuse-Charges-413848533.html

Montgomery County Catholic Early Education Center Teacher on Leave Amid Child Sex Abuse Charges
By Dan Stamm
Published 42 minutes ago | Updated 39 minutes ago

A Montgomery County Catholic school early education teacher remained behind bars Wednesday, suspended from his job, after being charged with multiple child sex assault counts.

A judge arraigned Michael Barbee, 32, of Yeadon, Pennsylvania on Saturday with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years old, aggravated indecent assault of a minor under 13 years old, unlawful contact with a minor and related charges. The charges date to Feb. 7, online court records said.

Barbee teaches at Saint Francis of Assisi School’s Early Learning Center in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The school referred NBC10’s calls to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Saint Francis Parish placed Barbee on administrative leave Friday after learning of the criminal investigation, archdiocesan spokesman Kenneth Gavin told NBC10.

“Over the course of the weekend, Mr. Barbee was subsequently arrested by the Norristown Police Department and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor and other related charges,” Gavin said.

Gavin told NBC10 that the parish shared information on the arrest with early learning center families, parish school families and religious education families affiliated with the parish.

“These charges are serious and disturbing,” Gavin said. “The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care.”

Barbee had no teaching duties at the actual parish school, only at the early education center, which is located in a separate building on the same grounds, Gavin said.

Prior to be being hired in the fall of 2015, Barbee passed background checks and had no previous indications of abuse, Gavin said.

The archdiocese referred questions about the nature of the abuse to Norristown police.

Norristown police didn’t immediately return NBC10’s calls for further comment on the allegations.

Barbee remained jailed Wednesday on $750,000 bail. Online court records don’t list an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

The archdiocese urged anyone with information about sexual abuse allegations to contact the Victim Assistance Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or philavac@archphila.org.

The Bobster
02-15-2017, 04:30 PM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/02/15/catholic-school-teacher-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-child/#comment-350381

Catholic School Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 3-Year-Old Girl
February 15, 2017 2:49 PM

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Michael Barbee mugshot


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Catholic school teacher in Norristown is accused of sexually assaulting a young child.

The Norristown Borough Police Department arrested Michael Barbee, a teacher at the Early Learning Center Program of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish. Barbee has been charged with 16 counts of child sexual abuse, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault of a child, and endangering welfare of children.

Barbee is accused of a horrific sexual assault against a 3-year-old girl during naptime.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said in a statement that Barbee was placed on administrative leave on Friday after the parish learned he was under investigation.

“These charges are serious and disturbing,” the archdiocese said in a statement. “The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care.”

Families enrolling children in the Early Learning Center Program were told about the investigation.