Middletown teacher cleared of sexual assault charges

A Middletown physical education teacher is not being charged for his alleged part in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

The age of consent in Rhode Island is 16, and investigators did not find sufficient evidence to charge 39-year-old Patrick Alyward, of Fall River, with third-degree sexual assault.

According to a police report, on March 5 at about 1:30 a.m., the 17-year-old girl, who admitted to police that she had been engaging in a sexual relationship with Alyward, broke into his home on Nancy Street while Alyward and his wife slept.

According to the report, after she entered the home by smashing a front porch window, Aylward's wife pepper sprayed the girl. According to the report, a loud argument ensued and spilled outside. Neighbors restrained the girl and detained her until police arrived.

The girl was taken into custody and brought to a hospital.

Aylward was placed on administrative leave with pay.

Calls to the Middletown superintendent's office were not returned.