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Only on 10: Cranston High School West teacher allegedly assaulted by former student

Police say Adam Yidana, 18, is facing a charge of second degree sexual assault. (WJAR/Police photo)

A Cranston High School West teacher was allegedly assaulted by a former student while at work, NBC 10 News has learned.

The female teacher reported the alleged incident to administrators, as well as Cranston police, noting that she was groped after dismissal Friday afternoon. The teacher claimed the former student grabbed her breast.

Police investigated the incident and arrested 18-year-old Adam Yidana on Thursday. He is now facing a charge of second degree sexual assault, police told NBC 10 News.

Cranston West's doors were locked ahead of the incident, but Ray Votto, who is the chief operating officer for the the Cranston School Department, said a current student let Yidana in the door.

Votto also shared a message that Principal Tom Barbieri sent to the Cranston West community, including students, staff members, as well as parents and guardians, noting that school officials immediately alerted authorities about the claims.

"The teacher filed a formal report with the Cranston Police Department," Barbieri noted in the message. "It was learned in reviewing video footage, that at approximately 2:18 p.m., the alleged assailant gained access to the locked building when a female student opened the door for him. The person involved was known to this teacher, and this does not appear to be a random act."

Yidana is from Cranston, but is currently a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He was arrested in Massachusetts, where he was later arraigned on a fugitive of justice charge.

Yidana waived extradition and is in the process of being transported to the Cranston Police Department. He was eventually was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

Police told NBC 10 News that Yidana apparently sought ought his former teacher, told her he liked her and that she is beautiful. He asked to hug her, with the teacher reluctantly agreeing. She claimed Yidana then grabbed her breast.

The teacher told police she pushed him away and asked him to leave, but he groped her again before exiting the building.

An investigation is ongoing, according to authorities.

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