Boston Schools Staffer Faces Lewdness Charge

Boston police are seeking criminal complaints against a teacher's assistant for alleged lewd behavior involving a 14-year-old non-verbal autistic student.

Police announced Tuesday they would seek complaints against the teacher's assistant for a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior. The person's name was not released.

The incident remains under investigation.

The boy's mother tells WBZ-TV she was called to the Harbor Pilot School in Dorchester on Monday but at first was not told but happened. She says police told her the staff member and her son had their pants opened when a teacher walked in the room.

The mother says her son cannot speak. She took him to the hospital as a precaution.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson says the teacher's assistant has been placed on paid administrative leave.

"The police are handling the investigation and all aspects of that as they look into what might have happened," said schools spokesman Lee McGuire. "But our priority is to ensure student safety, so we've made sure the staff member is not back at the school until we know more about what happened."

School officials say the teacher's assistant has worked at four city schools since 2004. Officials are putting together teams of social workers to go to all of the schools where the aide worked.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This article was originally published on December 13, 2011.

This program aired on December 13, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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