Teacher from Salisbury faces sexual assault charges

BRYAN EATON/Staff file photoRobert Vandenbulcke, who ran a business called The Traveling Chef at Newburyport's Fall Harvest Festival last year.

DANVERS — State police arrested an Essex Tech culinary arts teacher at his home in Salisbury on Wednesday and charged him with sexually assaulting a student.

Robert Vandenbulcke, 62, of Commonwealth Avenue was arrested by the Massachusetts State Police violent fugitive apprehension team and placed in Danvers police custody. 

Vandenbulcke is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Salem District Court on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older. 

The charges and arrest came after a parent contacted Danvers police on Nov. 12 about an incident at the school allegedly involving Vandenbulcke. 

Danvers police said in a statement that their investigation, conducted with the Essex District Attorney's Office, is ongoing and they do not plan to release further details.  

Vandenbulcke was a well-known restaurant owner in the Newburyport area in the 1990s when he ran The Mall Restaurant on High Street. He also worked at Greater Lawrence Tech. 

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis. 

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