Former Salem gym teacher arrested for allegedly assaulting 10 girls – Boston News, Weather, Sports

Salem, Mass. (WHDH) – A former Salem gym teacher and North Andover resident was arrested Wednesday and charged with allegedly assaulting 10 female students.

Daniel Hakim, 36, was a teacher at Saltonstall School from 2015 to 2018. In 2018, the Salem Public School District received multiple reports of inappropriate behavior regarding Hakim, which were forwarded to the State Department of Children and Families, the Salem Police Department, and the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. That year he was immediately removed from the school and suspended pending investigation.

In 2020, DESE revoked Hakim’s teaching license. The following year, another former Saltonstall student told her parents about inappropriate behavior by Hakim in 2016. Salem Police and the District Attorney’s Office investigated the reports and charged Hakim with seven counts in December 2021. After this information was released, more students came forward with their own allegations of assault.

Over the next five months, investigators conducted new interrogations and gathered evidence against Hakim, leading to his arrest. He now faces 32 charges of aggravated indecent assault and assault on a child under 14.

“As community leaders and especially as parents, we are disgusted by the abuse by a trusted adult that these children have been subjected to and the enduring pain and trauma that these young survivors and their families are and will continue to experience,” he said Mayor of Salem Kimberley Driscoll, Salem Police Chief Lucas Miller and Superintendent Stephen Zrike in a joint statement. “The acts for which Daniel Hakim was arrested and charged are heinous. We are grateful and applaud the cooperation of the victims and their families, their patience during the detailed investigation and, most importantly, their courage to come forward.”

The group thanked the police and prosecutor’s office for their work on the case and said they would provide ongoing resources for students and families affected by the incident. They also noted that due to the ongoing case and to protect students’ privacy, they are limited in their ability to share information.

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