Former longtime Everett Public Schools Superintendent Frederick F. Foresteire, who abruptly retired in December amid sexual harassment allegations, was charged Tuesday in indecent assaults of school employees, authorities said.
In a joint statement, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie confirmed that Foresteire, 75, was charged with “indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 60, five counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14, and assault and battery in connection with allegedly inappropriately touching three female Everett Public Schools employees who are known to him.”
Foresteire, who had led the Everett school district since 1989, is scheduled for arraignment April 4 in Malden District Court. A call to a number listed for him wasn’t immediately returned.
In December, Foresteire retired soon after being placed on paid administrative leave so the School Committee could look into sexual harassment allegations leveled against him.
“It has been a wonderful fifty-two and one half years!” he wrote in a brief resignation letter.
In an interview that aired earlier in December on WBZ-TV, Andrea Garay, a former clerk in Foresteire’s office, accused him of touching her behind when he walked by her and, on her birthday, asking her about the color of her undergarments. The same day, Foresteire asked her to lift her skirt, Garay told the station, but she refused.
The Globe doesn’t disclose the names of alleged sexual assault victims unless they choose to go public, as Garay has done. It wasn’t immediately clear whether she’s one of the three alleged victims identified by prosecutors.
Foresteire denied Garay’s allegations to WBZ-TV. At the time the story ran, he was earning $230,580 annually.
The former city official is no stranger to controversy.
In 2009, the State Ethics Commission fined Foresteire $6,000 after finding he violated the conflict of interest law for using school system supplies and employees to make upgrades at his home.
Five years earlier, in 2004, he was indicted on criminal charges for allegations that he received two school air conditioners to use in his home. The case was continued without a finding and Foresteire was ordered to pay $2,090 in court fees and complete a year of probation.
In 1992, Foresteire agreed to pay a $250 fine to the Ethics Commission to settle allegations that he arranged for a School Department painter to paint a School Committee member’s apartment for free.