Middle school teacher convicted of sexually assaulting teen

Western Hills Middle School teacher Matthew Sheridan was arraigned on sexual assault charges on May 12, 2016. (WPRI 12)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island middle school teacher has been convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy more than 10 years ago.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Monday that a Providence jury found Matthew Sheridan guilty of first-degree sexual assault.

Authorities say the 49-year-old Western Hills Middle School teacher assaulted a boy he knew in 2003 in Cranston. They say the boy was 15 at the time.

The victim reported the assault to Rhode Island State Police in 2015.

State police had concluded that the assault wasn’t connected to Sheridan’s role as a teacher.

Sheridan’s attorney has said the charges are inconsistent with the facts and contrary to Sheridan’s character and reputation.