US teacher faces assault charge;In brief

15th January 1999 at 00:00
A HIGH school teacher in the United States has been arrested and charged with assault for allegedly biting a student after she left his class without permission.

Ernie Latorre, 52, was placed on paid leave from his job at Burrilville High School in the north-eastern state of Rhode Island. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Mr Latorre, a popular English teacher at the school since 1969, denied the charges.

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