Worcester school guidance counselor charged with indecent assault
WORCESTER — A staff member at Burncoat High School was placed on administrative leave following their arrest, said Principal Joseph Ewick in a letter sent to parents Monday.
The letter, which did not identify the name or title of the member arrested, said the incident that led to the arrest was not connected to anyone in the school.
“The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority,” Ewick said. “We do not believe the staff member posed a threat to students and we are not publicly releasing the person’s identity at this time.”
Worcester police officers spoke with the staff member on school grounds, where they were also arrested, but not placed in handcuffs, the letter said.
Ewick said that, as a matter of protocol, the staff member was put on leave by the district pending the outcome of the investigation.
Dan O’Brien, a spokesperson with Worcester Public Schools said the district cannot comment beyond what was shared in the letter.
Court documents reveal that an arrest warrant was issued for Kevin Wall, 33, Sunday, and that he was arraigned Monday in Worcester Central District Court on the charge of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over.
Both the school's website and Wall's LinkedIn page list him as a guidance counselor.
The court documents state that a woman last week reported to police that on March 9, she went on a date with Wall, who asked her to go home with him afterward.
The woman said she did not have to have sex with Wall, and he said she did not have to sex with him. Despite this, she said, as well as numerous attempts to tell Wall “no” and to “stop,” he still engaged in sexual activity with her.
Following his arraignment, Wall was released on his own personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victim or any witnesses. The woman also filed a restraining order against Wall.
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