Trial date set for teacher accused of assaulting student


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Vandenbulcke, 64, from Salisbury, was arrested after the student went with a relative to the police to report the allegations.

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school culinary arts teacher accused of improperly touching a student in 2019 is due to stand trial in September.

  • Massachusetts high school culinary arts teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

Robert Vandenbulcke’s trial for indecent assault and assault was scheduled for September 21 after his attorney told a district court judge on Friday that there were no ongoing efforts for a settlement. advocacy, The Salem News reported.

The then 16-year-old student at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers told investigators the teacher touched him twice while they were working together in the school kitchen on November 12, 2019.

Vandenbulcke, 64, from Salisbury, was arrested after the student went with a relative to the police to report the allegations. He pleaded not guilty but neither he nor his lawyer commented publicly. He is free on bail.

The school suspended him.

Vandenbulcke had worked at Greater Lawrence Technical School before moving to Essex Tech. He also ran a popular Newburyport restaurant in the 1990s.



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