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.
NH teacher who worked at Massachusetts camp accused of sexually assaulting child
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.
Fugitive teacher accused of raping student arrested at New Hampshire hospital
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.
A Concord, N.H., high school teacher authorities said is a fugitive from child rape charges in Newton, Mass., was arrested Wednesday at a hospital after allegedly trying to kill himself, according to court documents released today.
Primo H. “Howie” Leung, 36, who teaches special education at Concord High School, was arrested at Concord Hospital, where he had been since March 28 receiving treatment for attempting suicide by “slicing his neck and his arms,” according to a Concord police affidavit.
Police reported Leung “left goodbye letters for friends and family” after being told by law enforcement on March 27 he was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with and sexually abusing a former middle school student between 2014 and 2016 in New Hampshire and Newton, Mass.
According to Concord police, Leung knew the student while she was living in Concord and while he was working at a summer camp at the Fessenden School in Newton, Mass.
Leung was scheduled to appear in a Concord courtroom on the fugitive-from-justice charge this morning.
A March 29 warrant in Newton District Court in Massachusetts charges Leung with two counts of aggravated child rape, one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14 and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child 14 or older.
Concord police said the matter was first brought to their attention in February by the New Hampshire Department of Education.
“Right now, he enjoys the presumption of innocence,” said Leung’s attorney, Jonathan Cohen. “We’ve been provided no evidence in this case, so until that happens, we can’t really address the accusations.”