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Retired Auburn music teacher arrested for child rape

A retired music teacher in Auburn was arrested Wednesday on child rape and assault charges , police said.

Stephen Jaszek, 62, of South Hadley, was charged with four counts of raping a child and one count of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, Auburn police said in a Facebook post Wednesday evening.

He was arrested earlier in the day by Auburn and South Hadley police on a warrant issued by Worcester Superior Court, police said.

Jaszek is being held without bail, the post said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court Thursday, officials said.

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In a letter sent to Auburn Public School families, Superintendent Maryellen Brunnelle said the incident allegedly occured nine years ago, during school hours, at the Julia Bancroft Elementary School.

“As a District, we stand in full support of this victim who is now a former student, along with this individual’s family, thankful that this child had the courage to report to the Auburn Police these most inappropriate acts,” Brunelle wrote in the statement, which she provided to the Globe.

The school district is cooperating with Auburn police and the Worcester district attorney’s office, she said.

Brunelle also asked for privacy for the victim.

“Please know that the alleged reprehensible acts of this individual do not in any way characterize the Auburn Public Schools or what we stand for, some of those qualities being respect, integrity and high expectations.”


Jackson Cote can be reached at jackson.cote@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.