Cranston teacher assaulted; former student charged

Adam Yidana, 18, was arrested after police said he attempted to assault a former teacher at Cranston High School West.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Police say a teacher at Cranston High School West was assaulted by a former student.

As school was being dismissed on Sept. 22, officials say a former student later identified as Adam Yidana, 18, entered the school through a door as students were leaving.

Yidana was looking for his former Spanish teacher and when he found her they talked briefly. As he was leaving, Yidana went to give her a hug, but police say that’s when he attempted to grab her breast.

The teacher later reported the incident to police. Cranston police found out that Yidana was a UMASS Dartmouth student and lived on campus where he was found and arrested.

Yidana was charged with second-degree sexual assault. He was arraigned in a Massachusetts court where he waived extradition and was in the process of being transported back to Cranston to be held overnight for an arraignment Friday.