Ex Penn Charter camp counselor charged with sexual offenses involving teen

Mike DeNardo
December 23, 2019 - 11:50 am
Christopher Spencer

Philadelphia Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week for a former William Penn Charter School camp counselor and tennis coach who is now facing sex charges. 

Christopher Spencer was arrested Thursday for criminal sexual offenses involving a teenage counselor in 2018.

Spencer’s conduct surfaced this past summer, according to Penn Charter, when parents of a different high school-aged counselor notified the school that 35-year-old Spencer engaged in inappropriate online communications with their child.  

Spencer was removed from campus. The school reported the incident to the state child abuse hotline and a police investigation was adminstered, but it resulted in no charges.  

As part of the Quaker school's own investigation, Penn Charter said it was led to believe Spencer had inappropriate sexual contact with another teenage counselor, also in 2018.  

Spencer was charged Friday with attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, among other charges. 

“We are heartbroken and saddened for both counselors who were affected by Spencer's reported actions,” said Darryl Ford, head of school, in a statement to parents. “The safety and well-being of your children is our highest priority.”

Ford assured parents that all faculty are required to complete state-mandated training in child abuse recognition and reporting, and undergo background checks. Spencer’s background check showed no prior criminal history.

Spencer most recently coached the Upper School girls and Middle School boys tennis teams during his 18 years as a counselor at Penn Charter’s summer program.