LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cumberland public school teacher faces second-degree child molestation charges, according to police.
Nicholas Oliveira, 29, was arrested Thursday on two counts of second-degree child molestation.
Lincoln Police said Oliveira is being charged in connection with two separate incidents in the past two years involving two juvenile females. The victims were known to Oliveira, who had a personal relationship with their families, according to police.
According to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News, Oliveira engaged in sexual contact with two girls under the age of 13.
Police said the charges are not related to Oliveira’s position with the Cumberland school district.
Oliveira was released on $10,000 cash bail and was ordered to have no contact with the victims. He is due back in court in December.
According to the Cumberland School Department website, Oliveira is an employee at Ashton Elementary School.
In a statement Friday morning, the superintendent’s office confirmed Oliveira is on leave from his position.
“On September 19, 2019, a special educator in the Cumberland School Department was arrested by Lincoln Police and charged with second-degree child molestation. The teacher, Nicolas Oliveira, has been on administrative leave since mid-August and has not been present in the classroom during the current school year. There have been no allegations of this nature reported in the town of Cumberland. The allegations against Mr. Oliveira do not involve any Cumberland students.”Cumberland Superintendent’s Office