STOUGHTON, Mass. (WHDH) – A Stoughton High School teacher if off the job following allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
According to the Stoughton Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi and Stoughton High School Principal Juliette Miller, the relationship began when the student was at the high school. That student has since graduated.
After being served with an “intention to dismiss” notice, the teacher opted to resign. The teacher’s name has not been released.
Students at the school said they are shocked and said the teacher was well-liked and respected.
“He always seemed to have good intentions and no one ever thought anything like this would happen,” said junior Olivia Hoffman.
The teacher was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 18 after Rizzi received a report that the teacher had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. The relationship continued after the student graduated.
Stoughton Police began an investigation after receiving a copy of the report.
“The allegations point to a startling abuse of the trust placed in every teacher,” Rizzi said in a statement. “This individual was immediately removed from the classroom when the district learned of the alleged relationship, and we are cooperating fully with the Stoughton Police Department. I understand that there is a tremendous desire for more information, but we are bound by the law in what we can say publicly, and we also cannot jeopardize the ongoing investigation.”
The relationship remains under investigation. At this point, the teacher is not facing any criminal charges.
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