Concord High Teacher Charged with Sex Crimes
A teacher who used to teach at Rundlett Middle School has been charged with several sex crimes for the alleged abuse of a student at the middle school. 36-year-old Primo “Howie” Leung now teaches at Concord High School. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated rape of a child, one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child over 14.
Leung wrote a letter to the 14-year-old student and told the student “I love you.” Leung is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting that student at Rundlett Middle School and at the Fessenden School in Newton, Massachusetts – which is a five-week boarding camp for students ages 9 to 15.
Leung was arraigned in Newton District Court on Wednesday. His lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf. He was ordered held without bail pending a health evaluation. According to court documents, Leung attempted to commit suicide on March 28 after finding out that he was being investigated.
The alleged victim is now 17 years old and says Leung sexually assaulted her approximately 20 times over several years. She says these incidents happened on school property and in Leung’s vehicle when he offered her rides home. The assaults at the Fessenden School occurred when the victim was volunteering there.
Leung has another court date scheduled for Friday, April 19.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Teachers
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is an attorney who specializes in helping survivors of sexual violence find justice. Here is a contribution from Brian regarding the legal options of those who have been abused by teachers and other school employees:
Sexual abuse has become an epidemic in schools across the country. Sadly, it’s common for sexual predators to seek out positions in schools and other work environments that involve working around children. It’s crucial for school districts to be aware of this problem and take all necessary preventative measures in order to keep their students safe.
When a student comes forward concerning sexual abuse by a teacher or another school employee, there are several necessary responses. The teacher must be investigated and prosecuted, the student must get the support he or she needs, and the school should also be investigated to determine if they were negligent in a way that enabled the abuse.
For example, if a school had been notified of past sexual misconduct by an employee but did not respond, that school could be considered negligent. In cases of negligence, survivors and their families could have the right to file a lawsuit against the school.
If you or someone you love has been sexually abused by a school employee, your family may be able to find justice through the legal system. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by contacting one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyers.
Location of Rundlett Middle School in Concord, NH
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