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Weymouth Middle School Worker Charged With Statutory Rape

WEYMOUTH (CBS/AP) — A 36-year-old food service worker at a Weymouth middle school has been charged with raping a teenager.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

Weymouth Rape Charges

Janelle Foley was arraigned Thursday in Quincy District Court on four counts of statutory rape following her arrest at her home Wednesday night.

According to prosecutors, Foley had sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy around the holidays. An investigation is ongoing concerning a second victim, believed to be a juvenile relative of Foley.

The prosecutor asked the judge to impose a $25,000 cash bail.

But Foley's attorney William Sullivan, told the court Foley is a life-long resident of Weymouth, has no criminal record, is married with four children between 7 and 15 years old, and is not a flight risk.

He claimed Foley has substance and depression issues that may have resulted in a "lapse in judgement" and asked the judge to impose a $1,000 cash bail with GPS monitoring.

Foley's husband and family were in the court for her arraignment. Foley's lawyer says her husband is standing by his wife.

"There are some serious depression issues here," Sullivan said.

A judge ordered Foley held on $5,000 cash bail with GPS monitoring. She must undergo mental health counseling.

Janelle Foley
Janelle Foley (WBZ-TV)

On Wednesday, school officials sent out an automated message to parents saying administrators were informed earlier in the day of an "alleged incident" involving a Chapman Middle School employee that did not take place on school grounds, and that the employee had been placed on administrative leave.

According to Sullivan, the victim is a student and Foley is friends with the victim's mother.

Foley will be back in court for a probable cause hearing on February 4.
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