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Mashpee school superintendent may face trespass charge

Mashpee Schools Superintendent Brian Hyde could face misdemeanor criminal charges after he allegedly barged into a high school student’s house to check if the teenager actually lived in the Cape Cod town.

Mashpee Police Chief Scott W. Carline said in a statement Monday that police have applied for criminal complaints to be issued against Hyde on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor and trespassing, also a misdemeanor.

The move by police will lead to a closed-door hearing before a Falmouth District Court clerk-magistrate, who will decide whether to issue the charges or reject the request by police. If the charges are issued, Hyde would be prosecuted.

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Carline said in a statement that the decision to apply for the charges was made after consulting with Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe’s office.

“Because the district attorney’s office is ultimately responsible for the prosecution of this case, it is common practice, as we have done in numerous situations, to consult with them regarding the facts and circumstances of the investigation,’’ Carline said. “Collectively we have determined that an application for a show-cause hearing before a magistrate will be made. . . .’’

Marilyn King, the mother of the student who attends Mashpee Middle-High School, contended that Hyde came through her front door without permission and then went to an upper floor and angrily demanded to know where her 17-year-old daughter, Isobel, was sleeping.

Hyde told the Globe that he was invited into the family’s new home as part of a routine residency check that lasted only a few minutes.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.