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A man claims a Massachusetts teacher sexually abused him in a dorm room more than 30 years ago while he was a student at Deerfield Academy.

The retired teacher, Peter Hindle, spoke with NBC 10 News outside of his South Dartmouth home. He said the allegation isn’t true and claims the alleged victim just wants his money.

A civil lawsuit, recently filed in Bristol County, alleges that Hindle sexually abused a man while working at Deerfield Academy in 1986. At the time, the elite boarding school in western Massachusetts was only for boys.

A former youth hockey coach accused of sexually assaulting one of his young players in the 1990s pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to the charges against him, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Robert Richardson, 61, of Dorchester, was indicted on three counts of child rape, authorities said. The alleged abuse began in 1991 when Richardson gave the victim, then 13, a spot on the team he coached, according to the DA’s office. He later had the teenager spend a few nights a week at his home, which is where the sexual abuse took place, authorities said.

While in his teens, the victim reported the abuse to a family member and told his high school hockey coach that he was not comfortable working with Richardson, though he did not say why, according to the DA’s office. The coach dismissed Richardson from his position with the team at that time, authorities said. The victim reported the abuse to police last year.

A former student at a Massachusetts preparatory school has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by a faculty member while on athletic trips to Connecticut in the 1980s.

The former Deerfield Academy student names the school and its former golf and squash coaches as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on June 19.

The former student alleges that after golf and squash matches at other prep schools in Connecticut, the coaches would bring him to the car of English teacher Bryce Lambert, who would abuse him before driving him home.

A student at Framingham State University reported to police that she was sexually assaulted.

The alleged assaults happened at a late September party at an off-campus residence and in the on-campus room of an acquaintance, police said.

Four male students have been suspended and restricted from campus pending an investigation.

A Somerville teacher was charged with raping a 13-year-old student after authorities said the victim’s mother saw disturbing online communications.

“The idea that a teacher would use their position of authority to manipulate an impressionable young teenager is unsettling and alarming,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said.

Alexandra Romanos, 41, of Stoneham, a fifth-grade teacher at East Somerville Community School, was ordered held on $50,000 bail at her arraignment in Somerville District Court, where she pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that a custodian at a Chicopee high school has been charged with offering a male student drugs, money and an iPhone in exchange for sexual favors.

Timothy Lynch is free on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges including indecent assault and battery on a child, assault to rape a child, and marijuana distribution.

Lynch has been placed on paid administrative leave from his job at Chicopee Comprehensive High School and barred from school property.

The Associated Press reports that a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy used an object to sexually assault his popular high school algebra teacher before killing and robbing her.

Philip Chism has been held without bail since shortly after the Oct. 22 slaying of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, whose body was found behind Danvers High School after she never returned home from school.

“The indictments returned …. detail horrific and unspeakable acts,” Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.

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.