- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

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.

WJAR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Vd2p42 ) that Toll Gate High School teacher Brendan Friel (FREEL’) 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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Information from: WJAR-TV, https://www.turnto10.com

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