• Somerville teacher arraigned on child rape, other charges

    WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Somerville teacher was arraigned Wednesday morning on rape charges for engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old. 

    Authorities became aware of the allegations at the end of June, and during an investigation found that the East Somerville Community School teacher allegedly initiated a sexual relationship with the minor in late March. The teacher met the child both on and off school property, officials say.

    Alexandra Romanos, 41, of Stoneham was arrested without incident Wednesday and arraigned on charges of aggravated rape of a child (two counts) and indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 (three counts). She was held on $50,000 bail with conditions. If bail is posted she is to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family; have no unsupervised contact with children under 16; stay away from the Somerville School system; have a GPS monitor and remain under house arrest.

    Romanos taught at the East Somerville Community School for seven years. She was placed on administrative leave as a result of the charges.

    Her neighbors were shocked by the allegations and says she lives in a home with a middle school aged child and her mother.

    Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone commented on the situation saying, “The safety and well-being of our students is always our highest priority, so it is all the more disturbing that a teacher, the very individual most entrusted to ensure that safety on a daily basis, has allegedly blatantly violated that trust. I commend the parent who took the right step in reporting this to school officials and I commend and thank the District Attorney’s Office and the Somerville Police for their swift investigation.  We will continue to cooperate with the D.A.’s investigation in any way needed. ”

    Somerville Public Schools and the City of Somerville released a joint statement Wednesday that read in part: “Nothing we can say will soften the impact that such news has on a community, particularly one as dedicated to nurturing and supporting our youth as Somerville. We are repulsed and angry that someone who made an oath to uphold the highest moral standards in the execution of her responsibilities as a teacher and a role model has allegedly blatantly violated that trust.”

    The statement also stated that The Somerville Office of Constituent Services' 24-hour hotline is open for anyone concerned about the situation. Their number is 311 if you call from a Somerville landline, or 617-666-3311.

    Anyone with information regarding the investigation should call Sgt. Rich Lavey at 617-625-1600 ext. 7237.

    Romanos’ is due next in court on July 29 for a probable cause hearing.

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