NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – 33-year-old Herschel Levine of Northampton pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday on charges of indecent assault and battery.
Levine is an art teacher at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in the Florence section of the city. He allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed a female teacher several times starting in November of 2015.
Court documents show that Levine allegedly tried propositioning the teacher for sex on several occasions. In one instance, Levine allegedly pressed his clothed genitalia against the other clothed teacher.
The teacher went to the school administration, and said she was told the school would investigate. The teacher then told police and said she came to them after the school wouldn’t give her information on how their investigation was going.
Northampton Public Schools Superintendent John Provost sent a statement to 22News on Tuesday, that Levine has been placed on paid administrative leave. Below is Provost’s entire statement:
Both the accused and the alleged victim have privacy rights that the district is obligated to protect.
As has been reported, allegations were brought forward in December of 2015. A prompt and thorough investigation was conducted involving interviews of all sides and all identified witnesses. Appropriate action was taken based upon the findings of that investigation.
Yesterday’s report included new allegations that had not been previously disclosed. The district is not going to interfere with the ongoing criminal matter.
Once it is able to, the district will investigate the new allegations. In the interim, the accused has been placed on paid administrative leave.