Andover Teacher ‘Voluntarily’ Resigns Amid Child Endangerment Investigation

Anthony Helinski has been placed on leave from his teaching position at Andover's Doherty Middle School after his arrest for alleged child endangerment. (Courtesy photograph/Salem, N.H. Police Department)

Anthony Helinski resigned from his teaching position at Andover's Doherty Middle School after his arrest for alleged child endangerment. (Courtesy photograph/Salem, N.H. Police Department)

Anthony Helinski, the Lawrence engineering teacher accused of alleged child endangerment, has given up his $85,000 a year job at Andover’s Doherty Middle School, school officials told WHAV Wednesday.

Employed since 2014, the teacher’s resignation was effective Oct. 1, two weeks after he turned himself in to Salem, N.H., police after a viral video surfaced of the 34-year-old encouraging a young girl to climb inside an arcade-style game at the Mall at Rockingham Park to steal prizes.

Calling Helinski’s departure “voluntary,” Andover Public Schools Director of Communications Nicole L. Kieser said there was “no compensation component” tied to his separation agreement.

Helinski was placed on administrative leave by the school district less than one week after his Sept. 14 arrest. He’s scheduled to appear in a New Hampshire court Oct. 29 to be arraigned on three counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.