Hearing in case of teacher accused of 2nd degree molestation in Burrillville moves forward

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PROVIDENCE – The teacher accused of inappropriate contact with a first grade student while serving as a substitute at A.T. Levy Elementary School in 2011 pleaded not guilty to the charges last month, and a hearing on a motion to subpoena evidence in the case took place Monday, April 18, with the request granted.

Michael Langelier, 56, of North Smithfield, will be before Rhode Island Superior Court Judge John McBurney following an indictment in March on five counts of second degree child molestation.

Langelier was working as an elementary school teacher at Sacred Heart School in East Providence before he was recently place on administrative leave.

The alleged acts occurred in Burrillville between the dates of Sept. 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012. The complaint was investigated by the Burrillville Police Department and reported to the state Attorney General’s office.

The teacher has reportedly not worked in that town since 2014, and has taught fourth grade at the Catholic elementary school since 2017. Both school districts have stated they have received no complaints about the teacher in the past.

Langelier was released on a $10,000 surety bond, and has retained Attorney Jeffrey Pine. The case is now scheduled for a pretrial conference on Thursday, May 5.

Editor’s note: The above story has been updated from an original version to reflect the latest in the court proceedings.

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