A 36-year-old man who worked as a substitute teacher at an Arlington middle school is facing charges that he allegedly raped a former student in January, officials said.
James Henry Martin III will be arraigned Friday in Cambridge District Court on charges of aggravated statutory rape and enticement of a child under 16 for sex, according to John M. Guilfoil, a spokesman for Arlington police. He is being held without bail, Guilfoil said.
Martin, who worked as a substitute teacher at Ottoson Middle School, was arrested by Arlington and Woburn police at his Woburn home at about 5 p.m. on Thursday, officials said.
Arlington police received reports of the alleged rape in late February and opened an investigation with the state Department of Children and Families and the Middlesex district attorney’s office, officials said.
Martin allegedly used social media to contact his former student in January, Arlington police said in a statement. The two arranged to meet in the town, where he allegedly took the teenaged student to a parking lot and committed the rape, before dropping off the student at a nearby restaurant, police said.
“We are not aware of any other inappropriate conduct involving any other children, and we have no reason to believe that any other children were affected,” said Arlington School Superintendent Kathleen Bodie, in a statement Thursday night.
“We are not allowed to comment further at this time, except to say that the safety and welfare of our students is always our highest priority, and we will take whatever steps are necessary to protect and assist our students and their families.”
Martin underwent a mandatory criminal background check prior to being hired by the district and voluntarily resigned from his position in June of 2013, Bodie said.
Police Chief Frederick Ryan, in a statement, said, “This is a deeply disturbing case, in which we allege that an adult sexually assaulted a minor and violated the trust placed in him to care for children.”
The Middlesex district attorney’s office declined to comment on the case Thursday night.
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