According to an article in the MetroWest Daily News, Worcester police recently arrested a Framingham High School music teacher on domestic violence charges. According to a second article, the court also issued a restraining order against the defendant under G. L. c. 209A, § 7. The articles state that the defendant and the alleged victim became romantically involved in 2011, shortly after the alleged victim graduated from the high school, where she was one of the defendant’s students. The relationship last approximately five years. The incident in question reportedly occurred when the alleged victim went to the defendant’s home in Worcester to discuss their relationship. Specifically, the alleged victim confronted the defendant about being in a relationship with another woman. An argument ensued, during which the defendant allegedly refused to let the alleged victim leave. The alleged victim also claimed that during the argument, the defendant pushed her into a wall, cabinets, and a door, slammed a door on her arm, and pushed her child, whom she apparently brought with her, into a bush. The alleged victim also showed police bruises, which she claims were the result of the defendant’s assault.
The defendant testified at the restraining order hearing in his defense, stating that he and the alleged victim had already broken up and that he was in the process of moving in with a new girlfriend. The defendant was ultimately charged with one count of kidnapping, two counts of assault and battery on a family or household member, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of witness intimidation and one count of assault and battery. Continue reading →