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    East Boston elementary school teacher arrested on child sex assault charges

    A Boston Public Schools gym teacher was arrested Wednesday on child sex assault charges officials said.

    Police responded to a report of an indecent assault and battery around 4:30 p.m. at Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School in East Boston, according to a statement from police.

    Nicholas Speller, 31, of Malden, was charged with four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, police said.


    He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday in East Boston Municipal Court.

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    School officials notified parents of Speller’s arrest in an automated phone call Wednesday, said Dan O’Brien, a Boston Public Schools spokesman.

    A transcript of the phone released by the school department outlines the steps officials took to report the incident.

    “We immediately contacted the Boston Police Department and Boston School Police as soon as we learned about it,” the transcript states.

    “We have spoken with the parents of the students who were directly impacted, and are providing counseling to any children who are in need of support,” the transcript continued.


    Speller was placed on administrative leave, according to school officials.

    The matter is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit at (617) 343-6183. Anonymous tipsters can call 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word “TIP” to 27463.

    Alana Levene can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @alanalevene.