REHOBOTH, Mass. – The assistant principal of a Massachusetts middle school has been placed on leave after he was arrested on prostitution-related charges.
New Bedford police arrested Aaron Viera in October, but it wasn’t until last week that the Rehoboth Public Schools Superintendent learned about the charges.
Viera, 45, is the assistant principal at Beckwith Middle School.
“This situation has caused some disruption to the teaching and learning at Beckwith. We are doing our best to ensure that any distractions are minimized. Mr. Viera is currently on leave from his position at Beckwith,” Superintendent Anthony C. Azar said in a statement,
Assnt. Principal Aaron Viera from Beckwith Middle School in Rehoboth, was arrested for prostitution related charges in October. Parents tell us, they should've been notified *immediately*. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/XQzTi0jYxv— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) December 19, 2017
Even though the arrest happened off school grounds, parents say there is no excuse, because Viera and other educators are held to a higher standard.
“They are someone in a leadership position, it’s someone the kids should look up to, they shouldn’t be engaging in activities like that,” Miranda Aguiar said. “It gives a bad name for the educators who are trying to make a difference.”
A letter about the incident was sent to parents Sunday night. School Officials tell us, they will inform parents with any updates regarding Viera.
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