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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Police officer leaves school beat

WATERTOWN

Police Officer Lloyd Burke has been temporarily reassigned from Watertown Middle School after news surfaced that a former teacher had filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination alleging that he had sexually harassed her.

The former teacher, Victoria Crisp, also claims school officials did nothing to stop the alleged harassment and fired her last April in retaliation.

Burke requested the transfer because he didn't want the matter to be "a distraction'' to students, according to a news release issued by the police today.

Burke has been assigned to the Middle School for 10 years, serving as the school’s full-time resource officer for the past five years.

He declined to comment to the Globe about the allegations.

–Christina Pazzanese

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