Milton High girls track coach arrested on charge of indecent assault on a female student

A Milton High School chemistry teacher and girls track coach was arrested Friday on charges that he indecently assaulted a young female student, Milton Police said.

Dale Snyder, 64, of Abington, was charged with indecent assault and battery on a child over the age of 14 and two counts of assault and battery, police said. He was held on $25,000 bail and will be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday morning.

In a statement to parents and staff, Milton School Superintendent Mary C. Gormley said that the school system was first informed of the alleged “unlawful conduct” on Monday evening and that Snyder was immediately placed on paid administrative leave.

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The School Department has been cooperating with Milton police, she said.

“The Milton Public School system takes any allegations which suggest a threat to the safety and integrity of our students extremely seriously,” Gormley said. “We therefore ask each parent/guardian to have a very frank and open discussion with their children.”

Chief of Police Richard G. Wells Jr. declined to say whether the alleged assault occurred on school property, though he said it did take place in Milton. He also declined to say whether police believe there could be other victims.

Police did not say if the victim was on the track team.

According to Gormley’s statement, Snyder was the coach of the high school girls track team. Snyder was inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009, the association’s website says.

Kia Reid, who graduated from Milton High in 2011 and ran track her sophomore year, described Snyder as a strict teacher who kept to himself.

“He always gave me this creepy vibe,” she said. “All the other teachers would say ‘Hi’ in the hallway, or be friendly, but he was just always in his classroom.”

Snyder could not be reached for comment.