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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Former Maynard teacher dies with rape trial just days away

MAYNARD

A former Maynard High School teacher who was accused of raping a student at the school and at his home in Hudson, died last night after spending the day in court, according to the man's lawyer.

Joseph Magno, 66, died just days before a jury was to be impaneled to decide whether he was guilty of repeatedly raping a former student beginning in 2001, when the boy was 13.

Today, a judge was to decide whether the testimony of 14 other former students, now grown men, who also said the 43-year veteran of the Maynard Public Schools sexually assaulted them, would be admissible.

Magno was indicted last January and pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of child rape and indecent assault and battery of a child. Magno, who was free on bail and confined to his Hudson home, was being monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet, the Globe reports today.

-- Michael Naughton and Melissa Beecher

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