Tutor From Stonehill College Charged With Raping Third-Grader

BROCKTON (CBS) – A math tutor at Brockton’s Angelo Elementary School has been charged with raping a child.

Twenty-one-year-old Kevin Treseler of Millis, who was a junior at Stonehill College, was arrested Monday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Treseler was tutoring students as a part of Stonehill’s work-study program. He has since been suspended from school.

Prosecutors say the victim is a third-grader at the school. They believe the attacks took place at the school and during school hours.

Prosecutor Tara Cappola told a judge, “he put his hands down the front and back of the girl’s pants…and sexually assaulted her.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

According to prosecutors, the little girl told investigators Treseler threatened her by saying, “If you tell police, I’ll get you…and I’ll deny it.”

“Our focus at this time is on supporting the child and her classmates and maintaining a safe and nurturing learning environment,” Brockton Public Schools said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “We are providing counseling and other services to the child and to any student who needs it.”

The school says it performs CORI checks on all of its tutors. Treseler’s attorney says he was a model student who played football in high school and speaks three languages.

Officials are cooperating with the police investigation.

Treseler was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of rape of a child with force, and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. He was being held on $20,000 bail.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

  • Denise

    if it’s true – he’s a sick individual and they don’t treat child rapists well in prison!

    if its not true – I feel sorry for him that his face has been splashed across the news!

  • unbelievable

    How could this happen? First of all, schools should have a policy that you are NEVER ALONE with a child. No one saw or heard anything? This does not add up. Shame on him if he did do anything to that child.

  • sundown

    That school is not safe enough for children – they are not following procedures. Shut it down and audit to make sure that they are following all other procedures !!! Maybe schools should be audited on some sort of regular basis – if they aren’t already.
    People that are convicted of these crimes should be forced to wear something that indicates this to the public.

  • Justin K

    When it comes to kids… you are GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT. I would NEVER work with kids – it’s the kids word against yours. And you will ALWAYS LOSE!

    • Marie

      An 8-year-old has no reason to lie about something like that. Why would she say anything if he didn’t do it?

      • Stuart

        An 8 year old doesn’t have a reason to lie about that? How about for the attention? Let think about this in the real world folks. Clearly, this is not enough evidence to prove or disprove the accused. An 8 year old child, one I would consider not old enough to give a credible testimony in a court of law, solely accused her tutor of rape. The teacher was absent, and from what it looks like right now, no fellow classmates saw or heard anything. What it comes down to is her word against his. His credentials are reasonable. He’d been tutoring 2 semesters prior to this incident, without issue. He passed the CORI screening. He’s studying to become an educator. Clearly, that ought to merit a little favor for him being innocent. From my research, he’s not the type to do this sort of thing.

        HOWEVER, many people have already come out against him in this. The police take the testimony from a *very* young girl and arrest a man based on it? What is she’s lying? Then what do we do? He’s ruined. Punishment for the girl? It ought to be strict. We do not lie about rape. It destroys lives. Unfortunately, the more pathetic part is that people (uninformed I might add) have already cast their stones before doing their research.

        In any case, I pity this man. Let justice prevail, and wrong be punished.

      • Innocent Accused

        Well, Marie, I happen to know first-hand a 7-year-old kid who lied not only ONCE, but TWICE (same allegations when he was 3 years old and then again when he was 7-years-old). Why don’t you try to analyze why this particular kid would lie? Maybe they are a sick family? Maybe they are doing something anyway with someone else? Who knows? But a private investigator can certainly find out some interesting things about the ACCUSER (again, ACCUSER, not a victim to date). Got it? I’ve been there, done that. SOME KIDS LIE. And the police are too damn quick to take the kid’s side. Wake up police.

  • Liz W

    I 100% agree that if did do this, he should be sent to jail immediately; however, he was never alone with the child. Brockton Public Schools do not allow children to be left alone with a tutor. The tutor always remains in the classroom with numerous other children. Therefore, it would be interesting to know why no one said anything prior to this considering allegedly this was occurring for 3 months. If this did occur, why did the teacher or other students not notice anything.

    • Innocent Accused

      Liz, you seem to know for sure that Kevin could not have been with this girl. Kevin’s parents could certainly use your support. You may have information that his defense may be able to use. I would suggest you contact the Treselers. They can use all the support that they can get.

  • Carol Sheehan

    When will people learn. you should NEVER allow a situation where your child is alone one on one with another adult. Adults, you should NEVER allow yourself to be alone with a child that isn’t your own.

  • John Smith

    They Say this started in Dec. Bull, the kid was studying abroad in Spain. I know this kid from class and he would never do something like this. Srsly kids can be manipulated by everything around them, media, parents, etc. No way he did this.

  • Sandy

    Stuart –

    You obviously haven’t done much research. He’s not an education major. He’s an international business major. And the teacher wasn’t absent. The teacher was allegedly in the classroom when it occurred.

    You have no idea if this child is lying or not. The only ones who do know are him and the child. You also have no idea what evidence the police have. The child was taken to the ER where suspicious marks were found on her body.

    If people don’t want us to be so quick to judge him, don’t be so quick to write off this child as a liar.

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/03/29/brockton-tutor-accused-of-raping-student-did-not-have-background-check/ Brockton Tutor Accused Of Raping Student Did Not Have Background Check « CBS Boston

    […] (CBS) — It turns out that a tutor in Brockton accused of raping an eight-year-old girl did not go through a background check before he was […]

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/04/28/stonehill-student-hopes-to-get-life-back-after-dropped-rape-charge/ Stonehill Student Hopes To Get Life Back After Dropped Rape Charge « CBS Boston

    […] Wednesday a Plymouth County grand jury failed to indict Treseler, who was charged with sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl at the Angelo Elementary School in Brockton, where he was working as a […]

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