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Friday, February 10, 2006


Carlisle School Director of Food Services arrested Placed on administrative leave

Dennis Dockham (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)
On Wednesday, February 9, Dennis Dockham, Director of Food Services at the Carlisle Public School, was arrested by the Dracut Police and charged with "posing children for sexual battery" and "assault and battery on two minors." Police Chief Sullivan has been informed by Dracut Police that Dockham has been arraigned, and is currently wearing a security bracelet under house arrest. The school has placed Dockham on administrative leave and told him to stay off school property until further notice.

Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle informed parents by e-mail of the situation on Wednesday afternoon. She wrote that the Dracut police "report that the charges do not involve any Carlisle children. Chief Sullivan and I met with the cafeteria staff this afternoon. They witnessed no cases of inappropriate behavior while working with Mr. Dockham who has been employed by our school system since September 2005."

Sullivan said the police did not plan to maintain a monitor on campus, but would respond to any call for assistance.

Dockham has worked in the food service industry for over 15 years. He was previously employed by the Stoneham and Winthrop schools, and has held management positions at McDonalds, a bakery and Boston Market. He lives in Dracut and has two children. (See Dennis Dockham — Carlisle's new Food Service Manager, Mosquito, November 18, 2005.)

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