WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — A former Westerly school employee has been indicted on three counts of third-degree sexual assault against a student following an investigation by the town’s police department and R.I. Attorney General’s office.

Sean Tormey, 39, of Westerly, was arrested Tuesday following a grand jury indictment, according to a news release from Westerly Police Chief Paul Gingerella.

“It is alleged that Tormey engaged in sexual contact with a person over the age of 14 years and under the age of 18,” Gingerella said in the release. “The accused has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the accused’s legal, professional, or occupational status; or the accused is otherwise acting in a position of authority with respect to the victim.”

Court documents filed Monday show Tormey is accused of putting his hands on at least one underage girl’s breast, buttocks and genitals. The suspected sexual contact happened between Jan. 1 and March 11 in Westerly, according to the court documents. R.I. Attorney General Peter Neronha’s office confirmed it was a student.

Tormey was an in-school suspension supervisor and detention monitor at Westerly High School. His employment ended on March 14, according to Westerly Superintendent Mark Garceau.

“Since that time, the district has continued to support law enforcement with their investigation. We have been very careful not to do or say anything that would put that process at risk,” Garceau said. “The safety of our students is paramount and we expect to see any and all who may put that at risk held accountable.”

Tormey was arraigned Tuesday at Washington County Superior Court.

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is Target 12 managing editor and chief investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for 12 News. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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