Former Easthampton school paraeducator charged with child sexual assault

The Hampshire County Courthouse in Northampton.

The Hampshire County Courthouse in Northampton. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Report

Published: 02-27-2024 4:44 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton elementary school paraeducator has been charged with child sexual assault in relation to incidents alleged to have occurred in 2022 and 2023.

Troy Gray, 57, of Easthampton, was arrested last week and pleaded not guilty Friday in Northampton District Court to five counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, which involve a single victim, and one count of intimidation of a witness, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Maureen Binienda, interim school superintendent in Easthampton, sent a brief message to school parents Tuesday stating that the schools had become aware of the recent arrest of a former staff member. Anyone with questions was directed to contact the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Binienda did not provide any details of the suspect’s term of employment.

Judge Jacklyn Connly ordered Gray released on condition that he have no contact with children under 16 in any form, that he stay away from Mountain View School in Easthampton, that he stay away from the alleged victim and their family and that he maintain contact with the probation department.

Conditions of release were requested by Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Jillian Handy, who is prosecuting the case. Gray was represented in court by Northampton attorney Thomas Kokonowski.

He was ordered to return to court for a pretrial conference on April 22.

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