Durfee teacher accused of inappropriate behavior no longer listed on staff directory

The B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River. (WLNE)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — A B.M.C. Durfee High School teacher accused of inappropriately touching a student is no longer listed on the staff directory on the school’s website.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Paul Coury pled not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday. He faces one count of indecent assault and battery of a person over 14.

WCVB-TV reports that Coury, 60, teaches Durfee’s culinary program.

Coury is accused of touching a 15-year-old student’s backside while she reached for extra supplies at the school’s restaurant, the Granite Grille.

Superintendent Maria Pontes said Coury was immediately placed on administrative leave when the student came forward with the allegation.

The school district worked with Fall River police and the Department of Children and Families in the investigation.

Coury was issued to have no contact with the student. He was released pending his next scheduled court date.

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