Teacher Ejected From Thailand Enters Plea in Child Rape Trial

Former Milton Academy teacher Reynold Buono, 72, is escorted into Norfolk County Superior Court, on Wednesday in Dedham, Massachusetts. Photo: Greg Derr / The Quincy Patriot Ledger
Former Milton Academy teacher Reynold Buono, 72, is escorted into Norfolk County Superior Court, on Wednesday in Dedham, Massachusetts. Photo: Greg Derr / The Quincy Patriot Ledger

MILTON, Massachusetts — A onetime boarding school teacher returned to the U.S. from Thailand has pleaded not guilty to child rape charges.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s office says 72-year-old Reynold Buono left Milton Academy in 1987 and had been living in southeast Asia for a number of years.

Prosecutors say Buono was arraigned Wednesday on three counts of rape of a child and three counts of rape of a child with force involving one student. He was named in sealed indictments last year.

Milton Academy said in February 2017 that independent investigators had determined Buono molested at least a dozen male students. He headed the school’s theater program for more than a decade.

An attorney for Buono rejected the findings of the investigation at the time. Buono has opted to postpone bail argument until July 18. He is ordered held without bail until then.