PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) – Middletown High School teacher Patrick Aylward turned himself into Portsmouth police after allegedly assaulting a teenage girl outside of a Portsmouth motel.
According to Middletown police, Aylward had rented a motel room in Portsmouth on February 16. Following an argument with the 17-year-old during the course of their stay, he head-butted her while inside of his vehicle, leaving visible swelling on her forehead.
According to the Portsmouth police report, the 17-year-old revealed that while inside of the motel, Aylward had thrown a vase at her, which shattered and cut her hand. During a separate occasion, he had punched her in the stomach.
Detectives interviewed a witness, who saw the bruising on the 17-year-old's forehead. They also obtained a motel receipt, confirming that Aylward had rented a room at the Founders Brook Motel in Portsmouth on February 16.
The victim became upset and defensive while detectives attempted to interview her; she did not deny the assault, but also refused to provide details.
In addition, Fall River police say they responded to a dispute between Aylward and a 17-year-old girl at a Comfort Inn hotel last year.
According to the school's superintendent, Aylward was placed on administrative leave.
"As soon as the school department was made aware of the allegations, Alyward was placed on administrative leave with pay. When the investigation is complete, decisions will be made," said Superintendent Rosemarie Krager in a statement.
Middletown's superintendent says that Aylward was employed with the town for over a decade.
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