SHARON, Mass. (WJAR) — A Massachusetts teacher has been arrested on assault charges, according to authorities, with NBC 10 News learning he is from Rhode Island.
Police on Monday said 56-year-old Bradley Lengas, of Cumberland, is facing two charges, including indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, as well as accosting/annoying a person of the opposite sex.
Police confirmed that Lengas was a teacher at Sharon High School and has been fired since accusations were made public.
Some parents of Sharon High School students said the news is disturbing.
“We trust these people with our children's lives when we send them here,” said Lauren Andrews, a parent. “I think it’s unfortunate, you know? It happens in communities all the time. It’s important for parents to be aware that our children are always at risk.”
NBC 10 News obtained a press release from the school, with the superintendent noting that they have been cooperating with police, along with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, since December.
“Upon learning of the teacher’s alleged misconduct, the School Department took immediate action by suspending the teacher pending the outcome of both the criminal investigation as well as our own internal investigation,” the superintendent noted. “The investigations have now culminated in criminal charges against the teacher. Based on information that has developed over the course of both investigations and due to filed criminal charges, the School Department has acted today to terminate the teacher’s employment.”
Some students said they were notified by an email.
“I’m just happy they let everybody know what was going on. There was a little bit of confusion stuff going around, so it was good they addressed the situation,” said a senior at the high school.
Lengas is scheduled to be arraigned March 6.