REPORT: Former Wilmington Elementary School Teacher Charged With Child Rape, Accused Of Sexually Abusing 12 Girls From Salem School

SALEM, MA — According to new reporting from The Salem News, Daniel Hakim, a former Wilmington teacher, is facing 37 counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child and 2 counts of rape of a child. Prosecutors are accusing Hakim of sexually abusing 12 girls, between the ages of 6 and 8, at the Saltonsall School in Salem, where he worked from 2015 to 2018.

Hakim, 37, of North Andover, a married father of five, reportedly worked in Wilmington prior to his time in Salem, employed as a Health Teacher at the Shawsheen Elementary School from 2013 to 2015. He is not accused of any wrongdoing while in Wilmington.

The Salem News previously reported that, in an interview with an investigator with the Essex District Attorney’s Office, a Salem student alleged that Hakim “repeatedly touched her both over and under her clothing while in gym class and in school hallways.” The DCF reportedly found the claim, and claims from other girls, to be “unsupported,” but the Police Department and District Attorney’s Office conducted its own investigation, which led to charges.

Hakim has pled not guilty to all 39 charges. His attorney said the allegations are untrue, and that his client looks forward to “having his day in court to fight against these false charges.”

Salem Public Schools reportedly removed Hakim from his teaching position during the 2017-2018 school year amid six reports of inappropriate contact with students. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education revoked Hakim’s teaching license in July 2020.

According to The Salem News, Hakim is currently free on $200,000 bail. He must wear a GPS bracelet and not leave his home except to attend church on Sunday and, with advance notice, attend medical appointments, meetings with attorneys, and court proceedings.

Hakim’s arraignment date for his latest 5 charges has not yet been set. The Salem News reports Hakim is currently scheduled to be back in court for the original 32 charges on January 12, 2023.

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