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Fitchburg sex ed teacher charged with raping student

A sexual education teacher at North Central Charter Essential School in Fitchburg was charged Friday with raping a teenage student, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said.

Rachelle Gendron, 27, was arraigned Friday in Worcester Superior Court on charges of rape aggravated by age difference and enticing a person under 16, Early’s office said. Gendron pleaded not guilty.

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Gendron is accused of having sexual relations with a male student between October 2012 and March 2013, prosecutors said. Gendron was 26 when the alleged relationship began, while the student was 14.

Early said the boy was a student at the school, although it is not clear whether he was one of Gendron’s students.

During bail arguments at Friday’s arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Riddle told the judge that Gendron also sent the student lewd photographs of herself in various states of undress, Early said.

Judge James R. Lemire ordered Gendron held on $2,000 bail, short of the $5,000 prosecutors had requested, Early’s office said. It was not immediately clear whether Gendron was able to post bail.

As a condition of her bail, Gendron was ordered to stay away from the student, the school, and children under 16, Early’s office said. She is also no longer working at the school, prosecutors said.

North Central officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the school’s website, students in seventh through 12th grades attend the school.

The district attorney’s office said Gendron was represented by Andrea Levy, who did not respond to a request for comment Friday evening.

Nicholas Jacques can be reached at nicholas.jacques@
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