Pinkerton teacher charged with inappropriately touching female studentBy HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent
June 03. 2014 10:37PM
DERRY — A Pinkerton Academy teacher faces multiple simple assault charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a 15-year-old female student while she was in his classroom, Derry police said Tuesday.
David W. Howes, 51, of 62 N. Lowell Road, Windham, turned himself in at the Derry Police Department Tuesday on an arrest warrant charging him with five counts of simple assault, a misdemeanor, Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said in a news release.
The incident allegedly happened on May 22 after the close of the school day, Thomas said. Howes, who has worked at the school for about seven years as a building construction teacher, allegedly put his hand on the student’s right thigh and patted her inner thigh, according to two complaints filed by police. Howes also allegedly rubbed her inner thigh, according to three other complaints filed by police, Thomas said.
“These are the charges we will try to prove in court,” Thomas said in an email.
After learning of the alleged incident on May 27, Pinkerton administrators placed Howes on administrative leave, said Chip Underhill, executive director of public relations and external affairs said.
Following an investigation, Howes was then terminated from his position on May 30, Underhill said.
“We received a report, we researched it, and we acted on it, which included administrative leave followed by termination,” Underhill said.
Administrators are in the process of notifying parents and students and the greater Pinkerton community, Underhill said.
Last fall, Howes oversaw a project by students in the Career and Technical program to rebuild a trailer that is used by the Salem Exchange Club to sell Christmas trees as a fundraiser for the needy.
And in July 2007, he led a project to construct a modular home for a Goffstown family who lost their home in a flood.
Howes was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail, Thomas said.
He is scheduled to be arraigned before 10th Circuit Court-Derry District on June 19.