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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Waltham teacher's alleged sex trap



Robert Dacey's bizarre sex trap required a wig and a blindfold, police say, tools that would be familiar to the longtime Waltham schools drama teacher known for elaborate stage plays. With those props and an outlandish ruse, police say, he lured two young boys into illegal sexual encounters at his home.

Dacey, 49, pleaded not guilty yesterday to two counts of child rape, two counts of child enticement, and a count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, Globe reporters John Ellement and Raja Mishra report in today's City & Region section.

The details of the charges stunned Waltham, especially the schools where he taught drama for at least a decade and coached basketball, football, and baseball. Students called him Dace.

``He was, like, the cool teacher," said a former student, Nicole Crowley, 18. ``That was Mr. Dacey."

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