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June 11, 2014

Andover teacher admitted to underage sex in NH case

An Andover middle school teacher admitted to police he had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old boy from Stratham, N.H., according to a court document.

Darrell Keene Jr., 40, of 242 Mill St., Haverhill, is charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault in Stratham, N.H.

He was arrested on Monday, May 19 at the West Middle School in Andover where he worked as a math teacher since 2007. He was put on administrative leave by the school district.

Keene is free on a $30,000 bond and an electronic monitoring bracelet. He is barred from using the Internet or having contact with anyone under age 18, according to court information reported on seacoastonline.com.

According to a court affidavit, Keene was charged after the father of a 15-year-old boy went to police “to report an unlawful sexual relationship” between an adult and his son. Stratham is just west of Portsmouth.

The boy had been sneaking out of the house at night. And his parents had found inappropriate, sexual text messages on his iPhone.

The boy told his parents he’d been chatting in a website called Skout with a man later identified as Keene for about a month, according to the affidavit written by Stratham Detective Sgt. David Pierce.

Keene allegedly portrayed himself as being a 17-year-old boy as Skout is designed for users between the ages of 13 and 17, Pierce wrote.

After chatting for about two weeks, Keene and the boy allegedly agreed to meet in a location where the adult teacher would be waiting in his car. The two had “sexual relations,” according to text messages later retrieved a forensic investigator from the boy’s phone, according to the affidavit.

After this, the boy confronted Keene, asking him if he was really 17. Keene allegedly admitted he was age 40 and a school teacher, Pierce wrote.

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