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Police charge private school teacher in Brookline with indecent assault

Posted by Brock Parker  December 17, 2013 12:32 PM

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Officials at the private Park School in Brookline are notifying parents about a teacher who was arrested on multiple counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 over the weekend.

Gregory Grote, 65, of Roslindale, pleaded not guilty in Brookline District Court Monday to three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and one count of assault and battery. He has been released on $1,000 bail and records of the case have been impounded by court order.

Brookline Police Lt. Philip Harrington said Grote was arrested Saturday on the charges, but declined to release any further information because the court has sealed the criminal complaint.

A docket listing of Grote's case at Brookline District Court listed Dec. 20, 2012 as the date of offense and indicate Grote is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on March 5.

In a letter to parents dated Monday, Michael E. Robinson, the Head of School at the Park School, described Grote as an upper division Latin teacher who had taught at the school for 26 years. He said Grote has been placed on indefinite unpaid leave from the school. The school has about 560 students from pre-kindergarten through the 9th grade, according to its website, and sits on a 34-acre campus in Brookline near Jamaica Pond.

Robinson told parents in the letter that the school performs criminal and sex offender background checks on faculty and staff and Grote’s background check as of the spring of 2013 had no indication of criminal conduct.

Robinson also asked parents to notify him immediately if they observed anything about Grote’s tenure at the school that concerned them. He said the school would also be contacting alumni of the school.

“We know that this news is shocking and distressing,” Robinson wrote to parents.

Robinson could not be reached immediately for further comment Tuesday.

Grote's arrest comes a week after Carlos Morales, a Brookline Town Meeting member and former para-professional at two Brookline Public Schools, was arrested on a charge of aggravated statutory rape of a child.

Court records have also been sealed in Morales's case. He is being held pending the results of a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

--Brock.globe@gmail.com

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