Milton Girls Coach Arrested for Indecent Assault

The Boston Globe reports that a Milton High School chemistry teacher and the girls track coach was arrested Friday on charges that he indecently assaulted a young female student, according to Milton police.

Dale Snyder, 64, of Abington, was charged with indecent assault and battery on a child over the age of 14 and two counts of assault and battery; he was held on $25,000 bail and will be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday morning.

In a statement, Milton Superintendent Mary C. Gormley said that the district was first informed of the alleged unlawful conduct on the evening of Monday and that Snyder was immediately placed on paid administrative leave. The district has been cooperating with Milton police, she said.

“The Milton Public School system takes any allegations which suggest a threat to the safety and integrity of our students extremely seriously,” Gormley wrote. “We therefore ask each parent/guardian to have a very frank and open discussion with their children.”

Milton Chief of Police Richard G. Wells Jr. declined to tell the Globe whether the unlawful conduct occurred on school property, though he said it occurred in Milton. He declined to say whether police believe there could be other victims.

According to the school’s statement, Snyde, the coach of the girls track team, was inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.