Hingham Teacher Charged With Indecent Assault, Battery on Student - NECN
Massachusetts

Massachusetts

The latest news from around the state

Hingham Teacher Charged With Indecent Assault, Battery on Student

Police say the alleged incident happened in October at Saint Paul's School where Matthew D. Browne was a teaching

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Hingham Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student

    A teacher in Hingham has turned himself in to police after being accused of assaulting a student.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019)

    A Massachusetts music teacher has been charged with indecent assault and battery on one of his students, according to police in Hingham.

    Matthew D. Browne, 53, of Scituate, turned himself into police Wednesday following an investigation. The teacher is accused of inappropriate behavior at Saint Paul School.

    According to court documents, a sixth grader described Browne as "kinda creepy" and said that on one occasion, he hugged her from behind, grabbed her waist, got too close and pressed his body against hers.

    "It got really uncomfortable, really scary, really fast," she told police.

    Full Prosecutors' Statement Against Jussie Smollett

    [NATL]Full Prosecutors' Statement Against Jussie Smollett

    Prosecutors unveiled the full statement in court on Thursday against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of fabricating a racist and homophobic attack against himself in a bid for publicity.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019)

    Browne was arraigned on charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and assault and battery during his arraignment in Hingham District Court on Wednesday.

    Browne has been placed on leave from Saint Paul School and Sacred Heart Elementary School in Weymouth, where he also teaches.

    Multiple students were interviewed by police, with most agreeing that Browne regularly hugs female students, sometimes from behind and with two hands around them, according to court documents. It made some students uncomfortable, but not everyone had a problem with it.

    A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Boston said there would be no comment on the ongoing matter involving law enforcement.

    "It's a tough case for the children to have to deal with at that age," said Hingham Police Sgt. Steven Dearth. "They shouldn't have to deal with these issues, especially at school."

    Browne was released following his arraignment and is scheduled to return to court March 1. Multiple attempts to reach him and his attorney for comment have not been successful.

    Timeline: Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Chicago Attack

    [NATL] Timeline: Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Chicago Attack

    Actor Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a false police report in Chicago after he said he was the victim of a hate crime.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019)

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android