Former teacher charged with sexually assaulting Sacred Hearts Academy student

 

A 53-year-old teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy has been fired after he was arrested on a number of sex assault charges.

William Plourde taught theology at the school for the past 29 years.

The news of his arrest came as a shock to the faculty and administration.

“We’re angry, we’re sad. We’re worried about the girls. We feel very violated in the trust that we’ve put in him. And we must be able to deal with those emotions and those feelings before the girls come back on Monday,” Sacred Hearts Academy Principal Betty White said.

White said counselors will be on hand Monday in case any of the students want to talk about the situation.

Plourde is not married and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault involving a teenager who attends Sacred Hearts.

He is being held on $200,000 bail.

KHON2 wanted to know about the vetting process when it comes to hiring teachers and employees who work at Sacred Hearts.

“Usually, department chairs do the first interviews and then administrators get involved… when the process is narrowing down to about two or three candidates,” White said.

After news of Plourde’s arrest was released, White e-mailed the parents of all the students attending Sacred Hearts.

She will be in contact with them as more details become available.

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