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Milton teacher may blame drugs as cause of indecent assault

Runners.  (d RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/GettyImages) Runners. (d RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/GettyImages)

A Milton High School teacher says the medication he takes for Parkinson's Disease may have caused him to assault a student.

Dale Snyder, who also serves as a track coach at MHS, allegedly kissed a 14-year-old member of the track team and then told her to remain quiet, prosecutors told the Boston Globe.

“The defendant told her not to tell anyone, this is something he told her several times,” said one attorney.

But reps for Snyder say his Parkinson's meds are known for effecting impulse control, and may have contributed to his actions.

“There are a couple of different medications…and I forget what the second medication is but they all have indications of this type of side effect,” defense attorney Thomas Lawton told WHDH.

The Globe saysSnyder pleaded not guilty in Quincy District Court to one count of indecent assault and battery and two counts of assault and battery. Bail for the 64-year-old Abington resident at was set at $10,000 cash, which Snyder posted Monday.

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