According to a report from the Boston Globe a 62-year-old retired music teacher was arrested on Wednesday on child rape and assault charges.
Auburn police confirmed the news in a Facebook post Wednesday evening that Stephen Jaszek, 62, of South Hadley, was charged with four counts of raping a child and one count of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
He was arrested earlier in the day by Auburn and South Hadley police on a warrant that was issued by Worcester Superior Court, police said.
In a letter sent to Auburn Public School families, Superintendent Maryellen
“As a District, we stand in full support of this victim who is now a former student, along with this individual’s family, thankful that this child had the courage to report to the Auburn Police these most inappropriate acts,” Brunelle wrote in the statement, which she provided to the Boston Globe.
The school district is currently cooperating with Auburn police and the Worcester district attorney’s office, she said.
Brunelle also asked for privacy for the victim involved.
“Please know that the alleged reprehensible acts of this individual do not in any way characterize the Auburn Public Schools or what we stand for, some of those qualities being respect, integrity and high expectations.”
The 62-year-old was arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on Thursday and was released on $5,000 bail following his arraignment.
62-year-old Jaszek pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated rape of a child and one count of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Bail was set at $5,000, half the amount that had been asked by prosecutors.
Prosecutor Alyssa Kilmurray said Jaszek taught music to third- and fifth-grade students, in school and private lessons, and that the alleged abuse occurred over an extended period of time.
Pasciucco had asked that Jaszek be released on personal recognizance. He said that Jaszek — who has no criminal record and has been happily married for 20 years — has a teenage son who is being treated for an illness.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maryellen Brunelle says the district is fully cooperating with investigators.
“According to the police, the victim in these assaults was then a student at the Julia Bancroft School and it is alleged that these profoundly disturbing acts took place during the school day approximately 9 years ago,” Brunelle said in a letter to families.