The Massachusetts high school teacher accused of exchanging nude pictures with a student at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton has been fired from her job, the superintendent said Thursday.
Dorothy Veracka, 42, of Clinton, was arraigned last week in Clinton District Court on charges of posing/exhibiting a child in the nude, distributing obscene matter to a minor and possessing child pornography.
Veracka was placed on administrative leave the next day, but on Thursday, Nashoba schools Superintendent Brooke Clenchy issued a statement saying Veracka had been fired and that the school's principal, Paul Di Domenico, is on paid administrative leave as the case against her proceeds.
Clenchy said the decision to put Di Domenico on leave, which he took part in, is "not a disciplinary action" but to help students and faculty focus on classes and "feel supported."
"The safety and security of every student in our system is always our first priority," Clenchy said.
The superintendent added that the school district will bring in an outside group to review what happened in July and August, before Veracka was charged.
Veracka, a mother of three, is accused of sending nude photos of herself to one of her students, then 15, and receiving inappropriate pictures from the student in return. The exchange was allegedly going on for six months, according to court documents.
The student, a resident of Lancaster who police haven't identified, provided evidence of the photos to police, including text conversations he saved from SnapChat saying that Veracka deliberately asked for the nude photos of him be sent to her, according to the court documents.
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Veracka allegedly admitted to police that she received pictures from the teen.
Veracka is due back in court Nov. 26.