Gym teacher sued over sex abuse allegations fired

DUXBURY, Mass. — A Massachusetts middle school gym teacher accused in a lawsuit of raping a student years ago has been fired. Duxbury schools Superintendent John Antonucci said during a school committee meeting Tuesday that Duxbury Middle School teacher John Blake was fired effective April 1.

Blake was placed on administrative leave in November after a couple alleged that he sexually assaulted their son while he was in middle school in the mid-2000s.

Joseph and Melissa Foley filed the $1 million lawsuits against Blake and the school last week. Their son died last October at age 27. Blake’s attorney called the allegations malicious. Blake does not face criminal charges.