BURRILLVILLE – A North Smithfield man who, until recently, worked as teacher at a Catholic kindergarten through 8th grade school, was arrested and charged with five counts of felony 2nd Degree child molestation this week.
Michael Langelier, 57, of North Smithfield was an elementary school teacher at Sacred Heart School in East Providence, before he was recently place on administrative leave.
Langelier was arrested over incidents that reportedly took place in 2011, when he was working as a long-term substitute teacher at A.T. Levy Elementary School in Burrillville.
The arrest follows a complaint by a former student, who told Burrillville officers that Langelier was inappropriate on several occasions while he was filling in for the regular first grade teacher at Levy over the course of months. The alleged acts occurred in Burrillville between the dates of Sept. 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012, and the teacher has reportedly not worked in town since 2014.
Langelier reportedly taught fourth grade at Sacred Heart since he started at the school in 2017.
The complaint was investigated by the Burrillville Police Department and reported to the state Attorney General’s office.
Langelier was arrested on Thursday, March 10 and arraigned in Providence Superior Court. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $10,000 surety bond.
The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative offers many online resources for survivors of sexual assault. If you or someone you know has been a victim, contact police and visit https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/2014-09/nsvrc_publications_resource-list_online-resources-for-survivors.pdf
Editor’s note: The above article has been edited from its original version to include more details from the case.