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Milton teacher, coach accused of kissing student pleads not guilty

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QUINCY, Mass. (AP/ - A Massachusetts high school coach accused of kissing a 16-year-old female student in his school office has been affected by medication he takes for Parkinson's disease, his lawyer said in court Monday.

Dale Snyder, 64, of Abington pleaded not guilty in Quincy District Court to one count of indecent assault and battery and two counts of assault and battery. A judge set bail at $10,000 bail and ordered Snyder to avoid the girl and the school.

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Snyder has been placed on administrative leave from his job as a track coach and chemistry teacher at Milton High School, where he has taught for 27 years.

In a letter sent to parents and staff on June 7, Superintendent of Schools Mary Gormley said the Milton Public School System is taking the allegations very seriously. She stressed the Milton Public School system is cooperating fully with the police department and supporting the victim and her family.

Prosecutor Adam Lally said Snyder is accused of kissing the girl twice and grabbing her hand in his office on June 2.

Lally said the girl broke away and told Snyder she was uncomfortable and he told her not to talk about the incident, The Boston Globe reported. Lally said Snyder had earlier showed inappropriate "special interest" in the student, including following her on a bicycle as she rode her own bike home.

Defense attorney Thomas Lawton said Snyder was diagnosed with Parkinson's about two years ago. Lawton said medication Snyder takes for the condition is known for causing "heightened libido" and has weakened Snyder's impulse control.

Superintendent Gormley asks anyone with additional information to contact the Milton Police Department at 617-898-4804 or via email at

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