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Teacher arrested, faces abuse charges in Massachusetts

April 4, 2019
This booking photo released Thursday, April 4, 2019, by the Concord Police Department shows Primo "Howie" Leung, a high school teacher who has been arrested on a fugitive from justice charge in connection with sexual assault allegations involving a minor in Massachusetts. (Concord Police Department via AP)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire high school teacher has been arrested in connection with sexual assault allegations involving a minor in Massachusetts, police said Thursday.

Police arrested Primo “Howie” Leung, 36, of Concord, on Wednesday on a fugitive from justice charge. His lawyer said in court Thursday that no evidence has been presented in the case. Leung waived extradition, agreeing to be brought to Massachusetts to face charges.

The Concord Police Department said it started investigating Leung in February. Police allege that Leung was in a sexual relationship with a former middle school student who said he abused her in 2015 and 2016. At the time, Leung was working at a summer camp at the Fessenden School in Newton, Massachusetts.

The Newton District court issued a warrant on counts of aggravated rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child.

“He would take students from up here, from Concord, to go down there and help him with their program,” Concord Police Lt. Sean Ford told WMUR-TV. “That’s where some assaults did occur. A victim was exposed to inappropriate contact from him.”

A police affidavit said Leung was informed about the investigation on March 27. Search warrants were executed at his home and at Concord High School. On the next morning, according to the affidavit, police learned that Leung tried to kill himself. Police took him to the hospital, where he remained until Wednesday.

“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.”

Concord School District Superintendent Terri Forsten said Leung has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“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,” she said in a letter to the school community.