REHOBOTH, Mass. (WJAR) — Parents are expressing concern to NBC 10 News after police busted a school employee in a prostitution sting.
Court documents note that Aaron Viera agreed to pay an undercover police officer $60 in exchange for sex in October.
Viera is the assistant principal at Beckwith Middle School.
Some parents said they learned the news through a newspaper article listing arrests in New Bedford in October. Other parents said they learned from their own children and through other parents on community Facebook groups.
“It kind of came through my kids, through rumors from the school,” Amy O’Neill said. “My son had heard stuff and my daughter did, so they were kind of concerned.”
According to court documents, the state dropped the misdemeanor charge against Viera and he took a sexual education course.
Police records show the arrest happened on Oct. 5.
NBC 10 went to Viera’s New Bedford home for comment, but no one answered the door.
Some parents said they were unsure of what should happen to Viera, while others prefer he leaves the district.
“My kids felt very uncomfortable when they found out about that,” O’Neill said. “They were nervous for themselves. It does make me a little nervous myself.”
Dighton-Rehoboth superintendent Anthony Azar said the district learned of the incident last week and sent an e-mail to parents, which was obtained by NBC 10.
“School officials became aware last week of a newspaper article that surfaced about the Assistant Principal of Beckwith Middle School, Mr. Aaron Viera,” Azar wrote in a statement. “Mr. Pirraglia and I have been addressing the situation. The alleged incident in question, as reported in the newspaper, happened outside of our school district. Nevertheless, 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.”
Viera is on leave, but Dighton-Rehoboth school officials would not clarify whether it is paid or unpaid.