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Teacher Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

by Staff | Sep 12, 2013 4:23 pm

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Police have charged a New Haven special-ed teacher with sexually assaulting three students at a pre-K-8 school.

The 48-year-old teacher turned himself in to police for arrest Wednesday.

Police charged the man with sexually assaulting two girls and one boy, all 13 or younger at the time of the incidents, and all students at Microsociety Magnet School on Valley Street.

His lawyer said he plans to plead not guilty to the charges.

Police launched an investigation in April upon learning of the first alleged assault, on a 12-year-old girl, from a school social worker, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman. The girl had told the social worker about it. The principal promptly informed the teacher from the premises; the school system suspended him, according to Superintendent Garth Harries. The system has sent a letter to parents at the school about the teacher’s arrest and has begun the process of firing him.

Another girl told her father on May 7 that the teacher had sexually assaulted her; the father notified police.  Two days later detectives met with a 12-year-old boy who also reported having been assaulted.

“In all three cases, the victim was younger than 13 years old at the time of the alleged assaults,” Hartman reported. “In the first case, [the teacher] was charged with sexual assault in the fourth degree and risk of injury to a child. In the second case, [the teacher] was charged with sexual assault in the fourth degree and risk of injury to a child. In the third case, [the teacher] was charged with sexual assault in the fourth degree, assault in the third degree and risk of injury to a child.”

The teacher, who is represented by attorney Diane Polan, has yet to enter a plea. He was arrested on $50,000 bond for each of the three charges. He was released pending trial. Polan said he will plead not guilty “at the first opportunity.”

“It’s outrageous that they’re moving to terminate this 10-year tenured teacher based on unproven allegations by three adolescents who didn’t even make a report for over a year after it supposedly happened,” Polan said. “I find it shocking.” Polan said the three kids, special-ed students, appear to be friends. “We don’t know if these allegations are true or not. No date. No times. No corroboration whatsoever.” She said putting the teacher on paid leave would have been more appropriate. She called the decision to seek termination “political grandstanding.”

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posted by: SwampfoxII on September 13, 2013  12:18am

The problem with paid leave is that criminal court proceedings can go on for years and years. In the meantime the taxpayers get soaked paying a salary and benefits to an employee for no work. On the other hand, you can’t just let an accused child molester continue to show for work. Maybe the solution is to transfer such people to another job where they have no access to kids and are under constant supervision.

posted by: LadyERT on September 13, 2013  8:03am

I have to say I agree with the attorney on this one. Of course, taking him out of the school is absolutely the right thing to do, but isn’t a person innocent until proven guilty? To have already begun the firing process this teachers’ life and career is already ruined. With the way children use and abuse they system today, we have to be extremely careful to be sure of actual facts before ruining the lives of someone who may very well be innocent.

posted by: Threefifths on September 13, 2013  10:04am

posted by: SwampfoxII on September 13, 2013 12:18am
The problem with paid leave is that criminal court proceedings can go on for years and years. In the meantime the taxpayers get soaked paying a salary and benefits to an employee for no work. On the other hand, you can’t just let an accused child molester continue to show for work. Maybe the solution is to transfer such people to another job where they have no access to kids and are under constant supervision.

The resaon why a person gets paid is due to the fact that they are innocent until proven guilty.Also He is a taxpayer also.Also students do lie on teachers.

MOMMY MY TEACHER HIT ME” MOM BEATS KINDERGARTEN TEACHER BUT KID LIED


http://www.blackmediascoop.com/mom-beats-teacher-but-son-lied-about-injuries/

posted by: LadyERT on September 13, 2013  10:13am

Swampfoxll “kids Lie”. That is exactly my point and I totally agree with transferring the accused to a job that has no contact with the children. Great response

posted by: Brutus2011 on September 13, 2013  10:39am

This stinks.

Too many kids play adults off on each other.

And too many parents game the system to get a settlement check.

And the teacher’s career is destroyed.

posted by: Brutus2011 on September 13, 2013  8:31pm

I just came from Stop & Shop and on display was the New Haven Register.

This was the headline story complete with this individual’s picture AND name.

No way this should be published like this before he has a chance to prove his innocence.

Now it does not matter if he is innocent, his reputation is ruined.

Incredible the lengths those who run the show will go to protect their positions and quality of life.

posted by: Tom Burns on September 14, 2013  3:04am

Brutus—well said—T

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