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Educator's Assault Case Continued Until March

Douglas Reeves was scheduled to appear in Lynn District Court on Feb. 8, the same day the blizzard hit.

A court hearing Monday for an education consultant alleged to have committed an indecent assault on a 9-year-old girl in Swampscott was continued to March 4.

Douglas Reeves, 58, of 100 Beacon St., #6, Boston, was scheduled for a compliance and election hearing at Lynn District Court on Feb. 8, the day the blizzard hit the area.

At a compliance and election hearing the defendant can elect whether to have a jury trial.

In addition, at the hearing, a judge determines whether both sides have complied with motions and discovery.

Reeves remains free on his own personal recognizance under several conditions restricting his contact with children.

Reeves is charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Reeves' lawyer, Max Stern, said in an earlier interview that "this accusation is horrifying and devastating to Doug Reeves."

"It's simply not true," Stern said. "It never happened."

Reeves previously lived on Ocean Avenue in Swampscott, and is alleged to have touched a private area of the child in 2006, according to the court file.

The incident was alleged to have happened while the girl and her family stayed at the Reeves home on a trip that included a stop in Swampscott.

Reeves is the founder of The Leadership and Learning Center, which serves school systems around the world.

He is the author of 30 books and numerous articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness.

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