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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Winchester driving instructor charged with sexually assaulting two teenage girls

Officials said the Winchester driving instructor is accused of sexually assaulting two 16-year-old girls whom he wanted to teach.

Welliver, 63, is accused of assaulting him in August and early 2020 while he was an instructor at the Middlesex Driving Academy, District Attorney Marion Ryan and Winchester Police Chief Daniel O’Connell said in a joint statement. He last taught there in May 2021, he said.

Welliver was indicted Wednesday in Woburn District Court on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a man over the age of 14, and of harassing and harassing another person in connection with the attacks.

Judge Marianne Hinkle released him on his identity and ordered him not to have any contact with the victims and witnesses. Hinkle also ordered her not to work as a driving school instructor or drive children outside her family members and to stay away from Middlesex Driving Academy.

Winchester Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office began an investigation into the allegations in early June of this year. Authorities said Welliver is accused of indecent assault by touching the girls’ upper thighs and through other inappropriate conduct, including multiple incidents of unwanted touching to students while driving and one of the victims was working at the academy. Had been.

Winchester Police said they notified the Motor Vehicles Registry and, after a hearing, Welliver’s driving license was suspended and he was barred from driving students from Arlington Public Schools.

Before working at Middlesex Driving Academy, Welliver had a driving school in Stoneham, the DA said. She previously worked as a special needs bus driver for Arlington Public Schools, she said.

Winchester Police urges anyone with information related to the investigation to contact their Detective Bureau.

Welliver is due back in court on September 3 for a Zoom hearing.

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