A former Brookline teacher was charged with statutory rape on Wednesday. Credit: Metro Photo Archive
Parents are seriously concerned after a beloved former Brookline teacher was charged with aggravated statutory rape involving a juvenile on Wednesday.
Carlos Morales, 29, of Brookline, taught at three Brookline schools, including the Driscoll Extended School Day Program. He served as a paraprofessional with special needs students, WCVB reports.
Investigators are now working to find out exactly how many students Morales may have had inappropriate contact with. No additional information regarding the case has been released at this time.
School superintendent Bill Lupini said that Morales, who was very well-liked by both students and parents, is no longer working in the school district, and the alleged events did not take place on school property.
"[Brookline schools] is currently identifying students who may have had contact with Mr. Morales and is in the process of contacting the families of those students directly," the school district said in a statement. The district is cooperating with authorities throughout the investigation.
Morales is pleading not guilty against the charges. He is due to return to court Dec. 18.