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Head of Marblehead charter school pleads not guilty to assault charge
By Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff
Thomas Commeret, the head of Marblehead Community Charter Public School for the past 12 years, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to charges that he grabbed and threatened a 14-year-old female student.
Commeret "categorically" denied the accusations, said his lawyer, Debra DelVecchio. The 55-year-old faces a felony charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor charge of threatening to commit a crime.
Commeret has served as head of the school since 1995, when it opened as the first charter school in Massachusetts. On Saturday, the school’s board of trustees placed Commeret on paid leave until the accusations are resolved in court.