SOMERVILLE (CBS) – A Somerville teacher has been arrested and charged with raping a 13-year-old child.
Alexandra Romanos, 41, of Stoneham, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of aggravated rape of a child, and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
According to the DA’s office, a parent tipped off the school department last month about the teacher’s alleged relationship with a 13-year-old, which had been ongoing since March and had occurred both on and off school grounds.
Romanos taught 5th graders at the East Somerville Community School, and has worked there for seven years.
A judge ordered Romanos held on $50,000 bail, according to the DA’s office. If she does post bail, she is prohibited from having contact with the victim or the victim’s family and cannot have unsupervised contact with children under 16. She must also stay away from Somerville schools, wear a GPS monitor and remain under house arrest.
The school has placed Romanos on administrative leave and barred her from the property and school-related functions.
In a statement, Somerville Public Schools sought to reassure parents that student safety is their top priority.
“Nothing we can say will soften the impact that such news has on a community, particularly one as dedicated to nurturing and supporting our youth as Somerville,” the statement said. “We are repulsed and angry that someone who made an oath to uphold the highest moral standards in the execution of her responsibilities as a teacher and a role model has allegedly blatantly violated that trust.”
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