LEICESTER, Mass. — David Gilman, a former Leicester Middle School music teacher accused of raping a student, is set to return to court in October after a forensic expert completes a review of computer evidence.
Gilman, 44, of Brookfield, taught for more than a decade in the school's sixth, seventh and eighth-grade music program. He faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery, and one count of aggravated rape of a minor under 14 years old.
Though Judge Kenton Walker denied a motion to suppress all evidence seized from a search of two laptop computers, the defense continued to push for the case to be delayed so its forensic expert could review evidence.
According to Gilman's attorney, Michael Cashman, the defense has hired its own computer forensic expert who is analyzing the Commonwealth's evidence, which includes online conversations between Gilman and the complaining witness.
The plaintiff's attorney, Courtney Sans, requested a continuance to Oct. 3, explaining that at that point "it will either be a plea, or we'll just set the trial."
Gilman was arrested Dec. 18, 2009, after allegations from a student's mother were brought to the Leicester Police Department's attention. School officials also offered information.
The teacher was immediately suspended, pending investigation and trial.
Gilman pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at East Brookfield District Court in March 2010. During his arraignment, Gilman was ordered to surrender his teaching certificate and passport. The judge also ordered that Gilman could not have unsupervised contact with children under 16.
If convicted, Gilman could face up to life in prison.