By Josh Resnek
Former Superintendent of Schools Fred Foresteire was released from jail last week after serving 19 days of a 90-day suspended sentence following his conviction by a Malden District Court jury of indecent assault and battery last month.
A single judge of the Massachusetts Appellate Court James Milkey ordered Foresteire released after ruling that he could remain free while he appeals conviction.
Judge Milkey agreed that the crime Foresteire was convicted of was serious but that he did not believe he was a flight risk. Also, Judge Milkey described Foresteire as “a seventy-nine year old man with serious health issues” who “did not pose a particular danger to the community so significant to justify his continued incarceration pending appeal.
“Accordingly, the execution of the defendant’s sentence is stayed pending appeal,” Judge Milkey ordered.
Foresteire was released from the Billerica House of Correction where he had been serving his sentence.
A District Court jury convicted the seventy-nine year old Foresteire of indecent assault and battery for offenses involving a former co-worker. He was sentenced to 18 months in the House of Correction, with ninety days to serve, the rest suspended.Continue reading “Foresteire released from jail after 19 days; appellate judge allows appeal”