PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence high school teacher is facing an assault charge after one of his students claimed he touched her inappropriately, and continued to do so until she ran out of the room.
Stephen Pope, 48, of Warwick, was taken into custody Monday following the alleged incident.
According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, the 15-year-old student at E-Cubed Academy asked Pope for help on a project. She told police he put his hand on her leg, so she adjusted her seating position, thinking at first it was an accident.
The teen claims Pope then continued to put his hand on her leg, so she ran out of the classroom.
The student’s mother and police arrived at the school soon after.
Eyewitness News reached out to the Providence School Department, and a spokesperson said Pope was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings and an internal investigation.
The Providence Journal reports Pope was arraigned Monday on a charge of simple assault and released with a no-contact order.