HAVERHILL — The start of a jury trial yesterday for a Haverhill middle school teacher accused of stealing from students was postponed due to a "family emergency involving a very important witness in the case," according to the district attorney's office.

Daniel Francescone's trial before a six-member jury on larceny charges is now set to begin Feb. 17, according to district attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan. Monahan said the witness situation was revealed at a hearing yesterday in Haverhill District Court.

Francescone, 42, a teacher and local youth baseball coach, is accused of stealing $1,263 from a Whittier Middle School fundraiser and $154 from a school dance in 2010. He was placed on paid leave from his position as an eighth-grade teacher at Whittier Middle School on Jan. 4 of last year.

—Shawn Regan

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