Leung hearing rescheduled while divorce proceedings ongoing

  • Concord High School teacher Howie Leung appeared in Newton District Court on Monday, but the hearing was rescheduled at the request of the prosecution. EILEEN O’GRADY / For the Monitor

For the Monitor
Published: 6/10/2019 3:03:33 PM

High school teacher Howie Leung and his wife are getting a divorce while he remains in the Middlesex Jail accused of sexually assaulting a former Concord student.

Primo “Howie” Leung and his wife are currently involved in divorce proceedings that are “amicable,” Defense Attorney Ghazi Al-Marayati said during a probable cause hearing Monday in Newton District Court.

The hearing was ultimately rescheduled at the request of the prosecution. District Attorney Francesca Cone asked for the date change because prosecutor Radu Brestyan hasn’t reviewed Leung’s indictment.

Defense Attorney Ghazi Al-Marayati opposed the request.

“We object of course,” he said. “This is the second date the Commonwealth has asked to reschedule.”

The hearing, which had originally been set for May 15, was pushed to June 10 due to a conflict in prosecutor Brestyan’s schedule.

Judge Mary E. Heffernan approved the date change, and set the new hearing for July 2.

Al-Marayati asked to approach the bench to discuss previous statements made by the prosecutor, who has called Leung a “flight risk” and cited his connections to China, where family members live. Al-Marayati also asked to discuss statements made by the prosecutor regarding a restraining order sought by Leung’s wife that prevents him from approaching or communicating with her and their two children.

Leung, who was present at the hearing, stood silently in a glass enclosure to the left of the judge’s bench, clad in the same red Cape Cod sweatshirt he has worn for his last two court appearances.

Leung is accused of sexually assaulting a Concord student repeatedly over a period of several years, both in Concord at Rundlett Middle School and at the Fessenden Summer ELL Program in Newton, Mass.

In Massachusetts, where most of the abuse is alleged to have occurred, Leung is charged with two counts of aggravated rape of a child, one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child over 14.

Leung is scheduled to appear in court again on July 2. He is currently being held at the Middlesex Jail in Billerica, Mass., for lack of $50,000 bail.




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