Former Providence School administrator found guilty of giving boy unwanted foot massage

Olayinka Alege (far right) is seen in Kent County District Court, Friday, April 8, 2022. (WLNE)

WARWICK, RI (WLNE) – A former Providence School administrator has been convicted of giving an unwanted foot massage to a 15-year-old boy last year.

Video shown in court on Friday showed Olayinka Alege forcing a foot massage on the 15-year-old at a fitness center in Warwick.

Alege, 40, was charged with simple assault.

The assault at Edge Fitness happened just before 5 p.m. on April 20. It was then that the victim said that Alege, whom he did not know at the time, came up uncomfortably to ask about his sneakers before laying down and ripping off his shoe , forcing him to receive a foot massage.

“In an area of ​​grass the size of this courtroom…this man found himself inches from a 15-year-old boy.”

The victim told the court that she did not expect this to happen at the gym and spoke out in the hope that it will never happen to anyone else. “This man, strangely close, did these three acts: grabbed the shoe, pulled the sock, touched the foot,” described the victim’s lawyer, Kerry Rafanelli. “In an area of ​​grass the size of this courtroom…this man found himself inches from a 15-year-old boy.”

Still, Alege denied ever touching the 15-year-old and told police he could not recall details.

“There was no unwanted touching. I didn’t take his shoe or do anything to him,” he said in a video of Alege’s initial police questioning. broadcast in court.

Instead, Alege created a GoFundMe page that raised over $5,000 and accused Warwick police of discrimination.

His lawyer argued that the video shown in court does not show Alege actually touching the victim’s foot.

Alege was working as an administrator for Providence Public Schools at the time and quit shortly after the incident.

Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green also called for the resignation of Superintendent Harrison Peters, who hired Alege. He then resigned as superintendent.

In court, Alege was issued a no contact order with the victim or any family members. He did not immediately appeal the decision and refused to speak when given the opportunity to do so in court.

Martha K. Merrill