A Concord High School teacher being held on $25,000 cash bail on Massachusetts charges of child rape and molestation will seek a bail reduction at a hearing later this month.
Defense attorney Ghazi Daniel Al-Marayati will represent Primo “Howie’’ Leung at a bail hearing scheduled for July 23 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass.
Leung, 36, of Concord, was indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury on two charges of aggravated rape of a child with a 10-year age difference, two charges of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14, and two counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or older.
Leung is accused of inappropriately touching and raping a Concord student during the summers of 2015 and 2016 at the Fessenden Summer ELL Program in Newton.
At his arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court on July 1, Leung pleaded not guilty to all charges. Clerk Magistrate Matthew Day ordered Leung held on $250,000 surety or $25,000 cash bail.
If he should post bail, Leung was ordered to surrender his passport and wear a GPS monitoring device with a curfew of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and he must remain in Massachusetts, but away from the Fessenden School/Academy.
He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or the family, and no contact with the Concord School District that assisted at the Fessenden School/Academy Camps from 2015 to present.
Leung is to have no unsupervised contact with any child under 16 and no employment or volunteer work with children under 16.
He must stay away from Concord School District personnel, students and buildings where he worked for 13 years as a special education teacher at Concord High School.
Investigators allege that Leung took teenage girls from New Hampshire to a summer camp at the Fessenden School, where he sexually assaulted one of them. The student disclosed that Leung transported her to the Fessenden School’s summer program and sexually assaulted her in 2015 and 2016, according to published reports.
Leung worked at the Fessenden School’s Summer English Explorers (ELL) Program, an overnight program for boys and girls ages 9-15 in Newton, Mass. He was listed at the program’s director.
After obtaining a search warrant in April, investigators seized computers, cellphone and other records from Leung’s home. While the investigation was ongoing, Leung continued to work at the high school.
In a letter to the Concord School District Community dated April 4, School Superintendent Terri Forsten described the allegations as “disturbing and disheartening.’’
She added, “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.’’
But Ana Goble might disagree.
In 2014, Goble was a seventh-grader at the Rundlett Middle School in Concord when she was suspended for complaining that Leung’s behavior made her feel uncomfortable, according to published reports. She describes Leung’s actions as making her feel sick to her stomach.
Goble and her parents planned to report Leung’s behavior to the school’s principal, instead the principal suspended the teen for three days for spreading malicious and slanderous gossip.
The family has since received a $15,000 settlement from the Concord School District with assurance’s that the girl’s suspension will be removed from her school record, reports state.