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January 7, 2014

Andover teacher on paid leave after arrest

An Andover teacher is on leave following an arrest last month on suspicion of sexual battery, district officials said Tuesday.

An Andover teacher is on leave following an arrest last month on suspicion of sexual battery, district officials said Tuesday.

Robert R. Gould, 51, was arrested Dec. 19 and booked on suspicion of one count of sexual battery, a misdemeanor, according to Andover police.

Gould is a business teacher, assistant basketball coach and assistant track coach at Andover Central High School, said district spokeswoman Keturah Austin. He has been working for the Andover school district since 2001, she said.

“We take this matter very seriously and are conducting an investigation, as is the Andover Police Department,” the district said in an e-mail statement to parents and employees Tuesday. “The incident did not occur on school grounds, nor did it involve any current students.”

According to Andover police, officers were called to a home at about noon Dec. 19. A 19-year-old woman reported that while home from college, Gould visited her home that morning, while her parents were away, and “made unwanted sexual advances toward her and touched her inappropriately,” police said.

Gould agreed to be interviewed by detectives, police said. He was later arrested and booked. Police said a misdemeanor charge will be filed through Andover Municipal Court.

Gould has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Austin said.

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