Crime

Winchester driving instructor charged after allegedly indecently assaulting 2 teenage girls during lessons

Carl A. Welliver, 63, faces a couple of different charges related to the incidents.

A Winchester driving instructor is facing charges in connection to allegedly inappropriately touching two teenage girls while giving them lessons last year.

Carl A. Welliver, 63, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts each of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 and accosting and annoying another person, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in a press release. The incidents allegedly occurred while Welliver was an instructor at the Middlesex Driving Academy in Winchester; he last taught there during May of this year. The academy couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

During his arraignment in Woburn District Court, Welliver was released on his own recognizance. He was ordered to stay away from the victims and witnesses and to not work as a driving instructor, or drive any minors outside of his family. He was also ordered to stay away from the academy, authorities said.

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The charges stem from incidents that allegedly happened in August and the early fall of 2020. During that time, two 16-year-old girls were taking lessons from Welliver.

“During those lessons, Welliver is alleged to have indecently assaulted the two female juveniles by touching their upper thigh, along with other inappropriate conduct including multiple incidents of unwanted touching while the students were driving and while one of the victims was working at the Academy,” the district attorney’s office said in the release.

The investigation began around June 3.

Before teaching at the academy, Welliver owned his own driving school in Stoneham. He also drove a bus for special needs students for Arlington Public Schools. Welliver’s driver’s license has since been suspended following Winchester police notifying the Registry of Motor Vehicles. He also is no longer driving students for Arlington, the release said.

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Anyone who may have information related to the investigation is asked to contact the Winchester Police Detectives Bureau.

Welliver is set to return to court on Sept. 3 for a hearing.

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