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Weymouth school employee accused of statutory rape

Janelle Foley (right) was arraigned on four counts of statutory rape in Quincy District Court on Thursday.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Janelle Foley (right) was arraigned on four counts of statutory rape in Quincy District Court on Thursday.

QUINCY — A Weymouth woman who works in the cafeteria at the town’s middle school pleaded not guilty Thursday to four counts of statutory rape for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy during the Thanksgiving and New Year’s holidays.

Janelle Foley, 32, was arrested Wednesday by Weymouth police for allegedly assaulting the victim twice at holiday parties on Nov. 24 and twice on New Year’s Day, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office.

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Foley is an employee at the Chapman Middle School, but the alleged episodes took place at private holiday parties, not at the school, prosecutors said. Authorities did not say whether the victim is in middle school or high school.

While prosecutors asked that bail be set at $2,500 cash, Quincy District Court Judge Diane Moriarity doubled that amount and set bail at $5,000 cash. She also ordered Foley to stay away from the victim and Weymouth’s middle and high schools, prosecutors said.

The paperwork in the case was impounded by court order.

Earlier this week, parents of Weymouth school students were informed by an automated message sent by school officials that the “alleged incident” did not take place on school property, and that the employee had been placed on administrative leave.

Pat Greenhouse of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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