SHARON, Mass. - A Sharon High School teacher has been criminally charged and fired after alleged misconduct involving students.
Bradley Lengas, 56, of Rhode Island faces charges of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and accosting and annoying a person of the opposite sex.
Sharon Police told Boston 25 News that the allegations involve multiple juveniles and that something physical took place. The department, however, declined to comment on the specifics.
Authorities launched an investigation in December after receiving reports of Lengas' alleged misconduct. He was initially suspended, and then fired from his teaching job on Monday after criminal charges were filed against him.
In an email to parents obtained by Boston 25 News, Superintendent Victoria Greer said immediate action was taken after allegations surfaced.
“As a school district, please be assured that our first priority is the protection and safety of our students so that they may learn in healthy, supportive, safe and responsive school environments," Greer said in the email sent out Monday afternoon.
Greer said the school department has been cooperating with Sharon Police and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in their investigations regarding the teacher since December.
The school district says an internal investigation is underway at the same time as the police criminal investigation, Greer said.
The district will report findings of the criminal investigation to state education officials, to let them determine if Lengas should lose his teaching license.
Lengas is scheduled to be arraigned in Stoughton District Court on March 6.
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