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The teaching license for a Timberlane Regional High School educator accused of sexually assaulting a student has been suspended in New Hampshire.Russell, a math teacher, was arrested last Wednesday charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and a misdemeanor count of sexual assault against a student.His license to teach in New Hampshire was suspended on Friday. The move comes after a 2014 incident in Massachusetts led to David Russell’s teaching license in that state to be listed as inactive and invalid. According to records from police in North Andover, Massachusetts, where Russell had been a teacher before, he was investigated in early 2014 after a student told police that she walked out of a classroom to the bathroom and Russell followed her. She claimed she looked through the space of the bathroom stall and could see Russell’s hand holding the bathroom door open, police said. Those records said that Russell made inappropriate comments and the student felt uncomfortable and scared.In those documents, the police department added that his behavior was inappropriate but not criminal.According to the state Department of Education, even if someone seeking a teaching license or job has been investigated in another state, it would be difficult for New Hampshire education officials to know anything had happened unless that person was charged or arrested. After the 2014 incident, Russell was not.“Prior to a legislative change in 2020, all that was being released to districts was conviction,” Diana Fenton, of the New Hampshire Department of Education’s chief governance unit, said. Russell’s license New Hampshire license was granted in 2016 and was suspended after last week’s arrest.“Because we had an arrest for a certain offense, that’s when we did the immediate suspension,” Fenton said.She said student safety is the department’s top priority and that initiatives, though not applicable to Russell’s case, are moving forward.“Starting in January, where the department has the ability and authority to run a criminal background check on credentialing, that’s a big step forward,” Fenton said. “Checking an applicant’s name against the central registry of DCYF. We’re also working with our partners in Massachusetts to have access to their list of their central registry.”Russell is one of nine educators in New Hampshire to have their license revoked or suspended this year. Only four on the list cite criminal charges. The Department of Education can take action for “boundary issues” that it feels makes the educator unsafe to be around children.

The teaching license for a Timberlane Regional High School educator accused of sexually assaulting a student has been suspended in New Hampshire.

Russell, a math teacher, was arrested last Wednesday charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and a misdemeanor count of sexual assault against a student.

His license to teach in New Hampshire was suspended on Friday. The move comes after a 2014 incident in Massachusetts led to David Russell’s teaching license in that state to be listed as inactive and invalid.

According to records from police in North Andover, Massachusetts, where Russell had been a teacher before, he was investigated in early 2014 after a student told police that she walked out of a classroom to the bathroom and Russell followed her. She claimed she looked through the space of the bathroom stall and could see Russell’s hand holding the bathroom door open, police said.

Those records said that Russell made inappropriate comments and the student felt uncomfortable and scared.

In those documents, the police department added that his behavior was inappropriate but not criminal.

According to the state Department of Education, even if someone seeking a teaching license or job has been investigated in another state, it would be difficult for New Hampshire education officials to know anything had happened unless that person was charged or arrested. After the 2014 incident, Russell was not.

“Prior to a legislative change in 2020, all that was being released to districts was conviction,” Diana Fenton, of the New Hampshire Department of Education’s chief governance unit, said.

Russell’s license New Hampshire license was granted in 2016 and was suspended after last week’s arrest.

“Because we had an arrest for a certain offense, that’s when we did the immediate suspension,” Fenton said.

She said student safety is the department’s top priority and that initiatives, though not applicable to Russell’s case, are moving forward.

“Starting in January, where the department has the ability and authority to run a criminal background check on credentialing, that’s a big step forward,” Fenton said. “Checking an applicant’s name against the central registry of DCYF. We’re also working with our partners in Massachusetts to have access to their list of their central registry.”

Russell is one of nine educators in New Hampshire to have their license revoked or suspended this year. Only four on the list cite criminal charges. The Department of Education can take action for “boundary issues” that it feels makes the educator unsafe to be around children.

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