Accused of child molestation, Stony Brook Elementary School teacher Noah Campbell-Halley remains in custody on $25,000 cash bail. He appeared before Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson yesterday, where the teacher's lawyer argued for bail to be reduced to $5,000.
Judge Nickerson is holding his ruling until he receives a report from the Department of Children and Families feels it is safe for him to return home to his five-year-old son. Campbell-Halley's wife and child are now living in Winchendon with his parents. If released on bail, Noah Campbell-Halley will stay in Winchendon with the rest of his family. The judge also requested financial information on the defendant and his wife.
Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Patterson requested that the $25,000 bail should be maintained due to the seriousness of the charges.
Campbell-Halley's arrest last month has thrown the Brewster school into crisis mode, with advocates from Children's Cove installed at both Stony Brook and Eddy Elementary Schools. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian pointed to the likelihood of more victims emerging due to the alleged conduct of the defendant being "open and notorious", indicative of a practiced pedophile. Mr. Garabedian is best known as the lawyer who brought down Cardinal Bernard Law and the Archdiocese of Boston over the molestation of children by priests and church officials' subsequent conduct when the molestations came to light.
Rachel Self, attorney for Campbell-Halley, told the judge that the teacher and his wife are unable to pay that bail. Mrs. C-H has left her job as a teacher at The Cape Cod Children's Place in Eastham. Self argued that Campbell-Halley has lifelong ties to Massachusetts.
Public confidence in the administration at Stony Brook Elementary and the Nauset district as a whole is at an all-time low following what many perceive as the administration's somewhat uninspiring response to the crisis. At a recent parent meeting on the crisis, Principal Mary Pat Allen described Campbell-Halley as a trusted colleague and "someone we'd gotten to know and love." No stranger to criminal process herself, many people question Principal Allen's moral authority to lead the school through this crisis after herself being embroiled in a case where she was charged with breaking into an ex-boyfriend's apartment where she allegedly stole sex toys and a book. The charges were subsequently dropped, with Ms. Allen making a $350 restitution payment to a Belchertown woman. Principal Allen, who had been placed on administrative leave, was then reinstated by Superintendent Conrad.
See "related content" links below for our previous coverage of the unfolding "Nightmare at Stony Brook".