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Monday, August 14, 2006

Watham teacher charged with rape


A Waltham teacher and coach was arrested over the weekend and is being charged with sexually assaulting several male students, according to Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley's office.

Robert Dacey, a 49-year-old Waltham man, is being arraigned this morning on two counts of rape of a child, two counts of enticement of a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.

Prosecutors charge that Dacey allegedly abused three male victims, one who is a former student in the Waltham Public School System, and two who are current students.

Dacey, who has been employed in recent years as a middle school drama teacher and as a baseball, basketball, and football coach at Waltham High School, is alleged to have repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted the first victim, who is currently 21 years old.

Prosecutors charge that the assaults took place over a span of several years in the late 1990s, beginning when the victim was 14 years old.

Dacey is also alleged to have sexually assaulted two other victims, who are both now 15 years old, at his home last year.

Prosecutors charge that Dacey became acquainted with all three victims as a result of his role as their middle school drama teacher and sports coach at the Waltham High School.

More details to come as they are available.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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