Ex-Salem gym teacher charged with sexually assaulting 10 students

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Daniel Hakim, 36, faces 32 counts of aggravated indecent assault and assault.

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts physical education teacher has been charged with indecent assault and assault on 10 former female students.

Daniel Hakim, 36, was arrested Wednesday, according to Salem police. He faces 32 counts of aggravated indecent assault and assault.

Allegations about Hakim’s conduct with female students first surfaced in 2018, three years after he began working at Saltonstall School in Salem. Hakim was suspended and lost his teaching license. Authorities investigated the allegations at the time, but did not prosecute until new allegations surfaced last year.

All 10 victims were students at the time of the alleged assault, according to the police report.

Hakim, a North Andover resident, was due to stand trial Thursday in Salem Superior Court. It was not known Thursday morning if he was represented by a lawyer.

Other details of the allegations have been withheld by authorities and school officials to protect the privacy of the victims, according to a joint statement from the Salem mayor, police chief and superintendent of schools.



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