Concord High teacher facing rape charges released on bail Tuesday

  • Lisa Redmond

  • Concord High School teacher Howie Leung was arraigned in Newton District Court on Wednesday on two counts of aggravated rape of a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Eileen O'Grady

Monitor staff
Published: 8/14/2019 5:34:23 PM

Concord High School teacher Primo “Howie” Leung has been released from a Massachusetts jail where he was incarcerated for roughly four months on rape charges.

According to conditions of his release, Leung must reside in Massachusetts and is prohibited from returning to New Hampshire without prior approval.

A judge reduced bail in the felony case against Leung from $25,000 to $7,500 during a hearing July 23 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass. Defense attorney Ghazi Al-Marayati revealed at that time that Leung was diagnosed in March with pituitary adenoma, a tumor that can push up against the brain and optic nerve, and that Leung’s incarceration had prohibited him from following up with doctors in New Hampshire.

Exactly three weeks after Judge John Lu granted the bail request, Leung posted the required $7,500 for his release from the Middlesex Jail in Billerica, Mass. on Tuesday.  Leung, however, can only travel to the Granite State for medical appointments, court and other legal reasons as long as he gives 48 hours notice, according to court orders.

Leung, 36, of Concord was arrested in April and faces charges of aggravated rape of a child with a 10-year age difference, aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14, and aggravated indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or older. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

The girl, who is now 17, told police she was inappropriately touched by Leung on several occasions at Rundlett – both on school property and in his vehicle when he gave her rides home, according to court documents. She also said he assaulted her approximately 20 times at the Fessenden Summer ELL Program in Newton, Mass., when she was 13 and 14 years old and worked as an unpaid helper. Police say the abuse dates back to 2015.

Leung remained at Concord High for 3½ months while the school and then city police investigated. He was ultimately placed on paid administrative leave March 27. Nearly five months later, he remains fully credentialed to teach in New Hampshire. Coinciding with the criminal probe, the state’s Department of Education launched its own investigation, which is ongoing.

Since April, Assistant District Attorney Radu Brestyan has argued that Leung is a “high flight risk” because of his connections abroad through the Fessenden School and through his mother, who owns a “lucrative” sporting goods company in Hong Kong and has previously sent him money.

He further argued at the July 23 bail hearing that Leung’s actions of secretly giving $24,000 cash to a Concord High School student on March 27 and attempting suicide on March 28 were “very consistent signs of someone who does not want to face allegations.”

But Al-Marayati said that most of Leung’s ties are to New Hampshire where his children live, and where he has resided for the last two decades.

“He has been out of the country one time in the last eight years, so he is not a frequent traveler,” Al-Marayati said at the hearing.

On the condition that the defense supply relevant medical records to the court, Judge Lu approved the request for reduced bail. However, he did so with several stipulations, including that Leung comply with a curfew and wear a GPS tracking device. Leung is prohibited from contacting the victim and from having contact with any child under the age of 16.

Leung also cannot apply for any government identification documents without permission from probation services.

He is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 12.

A jury trial has been tentatively scheduled for June 2020.

(Eileen O’Grady contributed to this report. Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319 or at adandrea@cmonitor.com.)



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