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Somerville teacher accused of statutory rape

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) -  A fifth grade teacher in Somerville is in jail accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old.

Police say 41-year-old Alexandra Romanos had sex with the child at the East Somerville Community School and off campus.

Somerville police arrested Romanos Wednesday morning. Parents of children who had her in class are stunned.

"It's more ‘wow this happened in our city, that kind of sucks’ it’s sad. We’re proud of our school system,” Kristy Henkly said.

The Middlesex County District Attorney says the incidents happened last March but were only discovered late last month when someone came forward with the allegations.

“A parent doing what parents should be doing, monitoring their child’s online profile, saw some message they had concerns about and went to the school,” Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said.

The mayor and the superintendent of schools released a joint statement about the arrest.

"We are repulsed and angry that someone who made an oath to uphold the highest moral standards...has allegedly blatantly violated that trust,” the statement said.

The teacher, a resident of Stoneham, has been suspended from her job, and faced a judge on five charges including two counts of statutory rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

“It’s pretty surprising because that’s the first time I’ve heard the story around here, Somerville,” a former student, said.

The teacher is being held on $50,000 cash bail. If she makes bail she will be required to wear a GPS monitoring device and stay away from children.
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