Westport Teacher Cleared of Abusing Student

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – A Westport special education teacher has been cleared of charges that she allowed one of her students to be abused.

Renee Rego was found not guilty by a jury in Fall River District Court this week.

Her lawyer tells The Herald News that Rego is “very pleased” with the outcome.

Rego and a teacher's aide were accused of mistreating a 6-year-old special needs student at the Macomber Primary School in January 2008. Prosecutors say Rego allowed the aide to step on the
student's feet repeatedly and grab his arm.

Defense lawyers say the child's feet were tapped lightly to stop him from taking off his shoes, and that his arm was not grabbed.

The aide in May pleaded to sufficient facts, and her case will be dismissed if she complies with probationary terms.