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Former Everett Supt. Forestiere Expected to go on trial, Feb. 6 Judge rejects plea for continuance

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  A longtime former top Everett school administrator is now expected to go to trial early in 2023 on a series of charges, following a court action Friday.

   Former Superintendent of Schools Frederick F. Forestiere, who retired in 2018, had requested a plea for a continuance without a finding in Malden District Court on six counts of indecent assault and battery and one count of assault and battery for his alleged actions during his time as superintendent of schools.

    Several former employees of the Everett Public Schools made these charges for alleged actions and some of those alleged victims made impact statements in Malden District Court last Friday, December 2.

    According to reports, Judge Emily Karstetter rejected the plea in court and instead recommended a finding of guilty on all counts, with a sentence of 18 months of jail time, with 12 months suspended.

In most cases, the rejection of the continuance without a finding action means that the case case now will more than likely go to trial.

According to reports, Forestiere’s next court date is set for Monday, February 6, 2023.

   Had the judge accepted Forestiere’s plea, where the defendant admits that there are sufficient facts, if the prosecution were to present the case, for a finding of guilty, there would be no jail time and the defendant would have no finding of guilty on the criminal charges. After a designated amount of time where there were no other infractions of illegal actions, the case would be dismissed.
Three former female employees of the Everett Public Schools delivered impact statements in court on Friday, accusing Foresteire was involved in inappropriate acts while they were working for the Everett Public Schools, where he was the Superintendent at the time.

According to reports, Judge Karstetter told the women who made the statements they were supported and “you are not alone.”
Attorney Gerard Malone detailed many of former Supt. Forestiere’s accomplishments while Superintendent when he had a chance to speak, including national recognition in some cases, according to reports.

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