Warwick teacher charged with sexual assault at bar

By The Associated Press


WARWICK, R.I. (AP) _ Warwick school officials have suspended a social studies teacher with pay after he was charged with inappropriately touching a woman at a local bar.
Toll Gate High School teacher Brendan Friel was charged earlier this month with sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman at O’Rourke’s bar in Warwick.

Police say the woman rejected Friel’s advances and moved to a different part of the bar, but Friel followed her and touched her inappropriately. Friel was charged with second-degree sexual assault and posted $5,000 bail.

No one answered a phone listing for Friel Thursday. His lawyer didn’t immedately return a phone message.

Court records show Friel pleaded no contest in 2012 to driving under the influence. His sentence included community service and a one-year loss of his license.

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