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DAO Secures Guilty Plea From Former School Police Officer Charged With Sexual Abuse

PHILADELPHIA (October 28, 2021) Howard Rubin (DOB: 8/27/1968), a former Philadelphia charter school resource officer and private security guard, pleaded guilty on Thursday to sexually abusing two children in 2013.

Rubin was arrested and charged by the District Attorney’s Office (DAO) in February 2020 for incidents related to his use of his position to gain access to young boys and groom them for sexual abuse. Due to Rubin’s alleged history of threatening victims and witnesses, his criminal prosecution was referred to an Indicting Grand Jury in October of 2020.

This matter was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sanhita Sen of the DAO Special Investigations Unit (SIU). On Thursday, before the Hon. Zachary Shaffer, Rubin pleaded guilty to two counts of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with Minors (F1), one count of False Incrimination (M1), and one count of Corruption of Minors (M1).

“Thanks to the dedicated investigative work of my office’s Special Investigations Unit, Howard Rubin will be held accountable for his egregious crimes against vulnerable children,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said. “As media outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer have reported since 2013, Mr. Rubin has a troubling history of similar allegations of which my office and the Philadelphia Police Department are aware. To those who might have been victimized by this person and have yet to come forward: Please know that you should not feel shame or fear. Come forward, tell us what you know, and help us hold this man responsible for any additional crimes he has committed. We will do everything in our power to protect your privacy and safety, just as we have done for the two victims for whom justice was secured today.”

The DAO Special Investigations Unit investigates criminal complaints involving public officials, including law enforcement.


Jane Roh, 215–686–8711, [email protected]


The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million residents of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives, and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecution of approximately 40,000 criminal cases annually.