Concord, NH, high school teacher charged with raping girl in Massachusetts – The Boston Globe

Concord, NH, high school teacher charged with raping girl in Massachusetts - The Boston Globe

Concord High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

The suspect, Primo H. “Howie” Leung, 36, was slated to appear in a Concord, N.H. courtroom Thursday as a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts.

He’s charged in Newton, Mass. District Court 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 person 14 or over, legal filings show.

“Massachusetts authorities have indicated that they will extradite Leung,” said a Concord, N.H. police affidavit.

Concord, N.H. police said they began investigating Leung, a Concord, N.H. High School teacher, in February. The probe was launched after the New Hampshire Department of Education told police that Leung “was allegedly having inappropriate contacts with female students,” Concord police said in a statement.

“Subsequently, police investigators gathered evidence which established that Mr. Leung had allegedly engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a minor who was known to him” the statement said. “The investigation revealed that the alleged sexual relationship occurred in Concord, NH and in Newton, MA. Investigators subsequently learned that Mr. Leung allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with the minor in 2015 and 2016 while the victim lived in Concord, N.H. and while the defendant was working at a summer camp at Fessenden School in Newton.”

Fessenden, a private boys’ boarding and day school serving grades pre-K through nine in Newton, released a brief statement Thursday through a spokesman.

“The school was notified Wednesday afternoon of the allegations concerning Mr. Leung, and is cooperating fully with investigators,” said the Fessenden statement. “We have confirmed that an updated background check of Mr. Leung was conducted last summer. We have no further information to share at this time.”

In addition to the charges pending in Massachusetts, Leung remains under investigation in the Granite State, according to Concord, N.H. police. Leung lives in Concord, N.H.

“Concord Police are continuing with the investigation and will continue working closely with Massachusetts authorities to determine the appropriate timing of any additional charges related to this State,” Concord police said. “Concord Police recently executed search warrants at Concord High School and at Mr. Leung’s residence in furtherance of the investigation, which is still active at this time.”

A Concord police affidavit said Leung, of Concord, N.H., was told of the investigation on March 27. The following morning, Concord police learned “Leung had attempted suicide by slicing his neck and arms” and left farewell letters for friends and family, the affidavit said.

Leung was taken to Concord Hospital where he remained on Wednesday, when local police took him into custody as a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts, legal filings show.

Concord, N.H. schools Superintendent Terri Forsten addressed the troubling case Thursday in a letter to the school district community.

“Once Concord Schools learned the results of the police findings, we immediately placed this teacher on paid leave pending the conclusion of their investigation,” Forsten wrote. “When Concord Schools became aware of alleged inappropriate contacts between the teacher and a female student, we immediately launched an extensive and thorough investigation. We also contacted the New Hampshire Department of Education with our findings.”

“These allegations are despicable and sickening and are certainly not representative of the culture or the community that we work so hard to surround our students with here in the Concord School District,” Forsten wrote. “It is important to know that we provide educational programming and training for all employees regarding appropriate and acceptable behavior, including having our staff review relevant policies.”

Forsten said counselors will be available to help students and families who need assistance “coping with this revelation.”

She added, “Our greatest responsibility is and always will be, the safety, security, and well-being of our students. We hold every member of our community to the highest professional and personal standards, and any activities that compromise the core values of the Concord School District will not be tolerated.”

On Leung’s personal Facebook page, he posted a brief message last June to graduating Concord High School seniors.

“Yay seniors!,” he wrote. “Enjoy prom!!! Hard to believe that so many of the kiddos I have met and worked with since 6th grade are all now graduating in a couple of days!!!!”

A Concord High School teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a girl while working at a summer camp at the Fessenden School in Massachusetts approximately four years ago.

Howie Leung, 36, who teaches special education in Concord, was arrested Wednesday in the city on a felony fugitive from justice charge. He faces extradition to Massachusetts where he faces charges of aggravated rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and indecent assault and battery on a child over the age of 14 in Newton District Court. 

Leung waived his arraignment on the fugitive from justice charge Thursday morning in Concords district court, where a judge ordered him held without bail. Before being taken to jail Wednesday, Leung had been held at Concord Hospital since March 28 following a suicide attempt, according to court documents. 

Concord police began their investigation of Leung in February after being notified by the New Hampshire Department of Education that Leung was accused of having inappropriate contact with his female students, Concord Police Lt. Sean Ford said Thursday morning. Through that investigation, police learned that Leung had sexually assaulted a Concord girl he knew in the Capital City and in Newton, Mass., police said. That assault began when she was a student at Rundlett Middle School, where Leung worked at the time. 

Concord Police are continuing with the investigation and will continue working closely with Massachusetts authorities to determine the appropriate timing of any additional charges related to this State, Ford said in a statement.

In a letter to the Concord School District community Thursday, Superintendent Terri Forsten referred to Leungs behavior as a disturbing and disheartening situation. Forsten said when the district became aware of Concord polices findings, Leung was placed on paid leave. 

“These allegations are despicable and sickening and are certainly not representative of the culture or the community that we work so hard to surround our students with here in the Concord School District,” Forsten said. 

Leung has worked for the Concord School District for almost 13 years, according to school records. He is a University of New Hampshire graduate and earned certificates in special education and advanced graduate studies from Granite State College and Plymouth State University respectively. 

At Concord High, Leung is the advisor of the Save Our Cold Kids (SOCK) club, which organizes volunteer projects to help aid homeless children and their families in the local community.

During the summers, Leung has worked at the Fessenden Schools Summer English Explorers (ELL) Program, an overnight boarding program in West Newton, Mass., for boys and girls ages 9 to 15. Leung started with the program in 1998 and is now its director, according to Fessendens website.

Forsten said in her letter that counselors will be available throughout the school district in the coming days to help any students or families in need of additional support. 

Our greatest responsibility is and always will be, the safety, security, and well-being of our students, Forsten wrote. We hold every member of our community to the highest professional and personal standards, and any activities that compromise the core values of the Concord School District will not be tolerated. 

Police ask anyone with information to contact Lt. Ford at 230-3728 or the Newton (Mass.) Police Department at 617-796-2121 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.


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