Providence teacher accused of rape put on leave

Chris DeFraga

A Providence school teacher who was arraigned on rape charges Wednesday made bail and went to teach class on Thursday.

Only after NBC 10 called the school district was 37-year-old Chris DeFraga put on administrative leave.

When NBC 10 called the Providence Career & Technical Academy Thursday morning and asked for DeFraga, we were told he was in the classroom and he would get back to us.

Instead, his lawyer called to say they both adamantly deny any rape charges and won't be doing any interviews.

Court documents obtained by NBC 10 confirm the rape charges stem from two former students of his.

One of the alleged victims told police DeFraga began making passes at her when she was 17 years old. He was her earth sciences teacher at Attleboro High School.

DeFraga admitted to knowing and teaching her, but he said the relationship started after she graduated.

In her version of the story their relationship "quickly turned sexual" while she was still a student. She said he often touched her inappropriately behind his desk in the classroom and wrote her notes to excuse her absences.

More recently, she told police he forced her to have sex and would choke her.

She told police "it was scary" and that she's coming forward now to keep him away from vulnerable students like herself.

DeFraga left Attleboro High School in 2008. Since then, he's worked in six school districts in as many years.