NORTH ATTLEBORO – The case against a former teacher at a local elementary school accused of harassing a classroom assistant was closed the day she was tried in Attleboro District Court.
Frank P. Bonfilio, 54, was scheduled to appear before a jury from Thursday, but prosecutors have requested a dismissal, according to court records. A criminal harassment charge was dismissed “without prejudice”, according to the records, meaning prosecutors could reclassify her.
Gregg Miliote, spokesman for the Bristol County Prosecutor’s Office, said on Friday prosecutors had to dismiss the case because the woman who lodged the complaint with the police “refused to move forward “and to testify.
âWe reserve the right to report the matter. We will see if there are other ways forward, âsaid Miliote.
Bonfilio was arrested by North Attleboro Police in November 2019. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave and then resigned his post as a third grade teacher at Martin Elementary School.
His lawyer did not respond to a call from the Sun Chronicle on Friday and Bonfilio could not be reached for comment. He denied the allegations when questioned by police.
The class aide told police in November 2019 that she and Bonfilio were friendly at first, but after a few months she became concerned about his behavior and safety, according to a police report.
However, the woman did not cooperate with police or prosecutors after filing the complaint, Miliote said.
Bonfilio had been released on $ 500 cash bond.
David Linton can be reached at 508-236-0338.