Allegations shake Central Catholic High

The Lowell Sun

UPDATED: 04/28/2017

LOWELL — Central Catholic High School fired an administrator on Tuesday due to allegations by a former student that he drugged and raped him in Lowell 11 years ago.

The student, who graduated in 2008, recently came forward with the allegation against Andrew Nikonchuk, 36, who lives in Lowell.

The incident allegedly occurred in 2006, according to the student.

Two other staff members are also being investigated for misconduct and have been placed on administrative leave, according to a newsletter sent out to students’ families by the school on Thursday.

The alleged victim recently responded to another person’s Facebook post that was supportive of Nikonchuk using the hashtag #ImwithNiko.

The victim, who on Facebook said he was 15 at the time, said Nikonchuk was his best friend and described the night of the incident, when he had been at Nikonchuk’s home. He said he and Nikonchuk had been drinking beer, smoking marijuana and playing video games.

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