Milton HS teacher in court uses medication as defense
MILTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Milton High School teacher in court accused of kissing a student used his Parkinson’s medication as a defense.
“There are a couple of different medications…and I forget what the second medication is but they all have indications of this type of side effect,” said Defense Attorney, Thomas Lawton. He’s talking about impulse control.
Along with affecting impulse control, attorneys for the 64-year-old Dale Snyder said the medications are also known to heighten the libido. Prosecutors said the chemistry teacher and girls track coach kissed a 14-year-old girl from the team in his office and then told her to keep quiet.
“The defendant told her not to tell anyone, this is something he told her several times,” said one attorney.
Snyder was immediately put on administrative leave, but after 30 years with the school, one parents said the longtime coach and teacher deserves to be heard.
“There are two sides to this story, in all likelihood. My hope is that his attorney will do the research necessary and they’ll find out for sure whether his illness plays a part in these charges,” said parent, Dina Martin.
Snyder is still on leave from the high school but he is no longer in jail after posting $10,000 cash bail.