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TWO MEN SUE NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT SCHOOLS ALLEGING SEX ABUSE 24 YEARS AGO BY GYM TEACHER

Two men are suing a former long-term substitute gym teacher at John Wallace Middle School alleging that he repeatedly sexually assaulted and abused them at the school 24 years ago.

Trial Opens In Glastonbury Connecticut Foster Parent's Sexual Assault Case

This recent article in the Hartford Courant highlights an interesting trial going on.  The defendant is accused of sexually assaulting a child who he adopted through the Department of Children and Family Services.  Rather than try the case before a jury, the defendant has chosen to allow the judge to decide his guilt or innocence. The article is below.   HARTFORD -- A trial began Tuesday for one of two men accused of sexually assaulting boys they adopted through the state Department of Children and Families, with his accuser describing physical and sexual abuse he said he endured from both men over several years. The state had sought to try George Harasz, 51, and Douglas Wirth, 46, together, but their defense attorneys objected and convinced Hartford Superior Court Judge Julia D. Dewey to hold separate trials. Both also waived their right to a jury trial and opted to have Dewey hear the evidence against them and render a verdict. Wirth's trial is first. But before testimony began, Wirth's lawyer, Michael Dwyer of Middletown, tried to get the judge to admit medical reports that he contends are evidence of the accuser's propensity to lie and exaggerate. Dwyer argued that the accuser's competency to tell the truth was at issue. Dewey responded that competence related only to whether the accuser could understand the obligation of his oath to tell the truth. The credibility of his testimony would be a matter for her to determine, after hearing his testimony as well as cross-examination, she said.

Wilton Connecticut Superintendent Apologizes in School Sex Abuse Claim Against Paraprofessional

The Wilton School superintendent still facing tough questions after a paraprofessional accused of inappropriately touching a child was allowed to work after the for more than a year after the allegations. Eric Von Kohorn did not resign for Wilton public schools until June 16th of 2014 after he was arrested for possessing and sharing child pornography. Even though a family came forward with allegations that Von Kohorn touched their child back in January of 2013.

Stamford Connecticut English Teacher Had Sexual Relationship with Student

A high school English teacher was arrested Thursday morning and charged with sexual assault for allegedly maintaining an inappropriate relationship with a student, police said. Danielle Watkins, 32, of Norwalk, turned herself in to police Thursday morning, police said. She was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of sale of marijuana and one count of risk of injury to a minor. According to police, Watkins maintained a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student from September 2013 until June 2014. The victim allegedly told police that the two had numerous sexual encounters in her vehicle during school hours. He said the car was parked off of school grounds. Watkins also allegedly sent pictures of herself, naked, to the student's phone, police said. The victim said that at one point he attempted to break off the relationship, but Watkins assaulted him and accused him of being with someone else, police said.

Monroe Connecticut Piano Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

 A 68-year-old piano teacher was charged with sexual assault on Tuesday for allegedly touching students inappropriately during lessons, police said.

West Haven Connecticut School Bus Driver Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted Student On Bus, Police Say

 A school bus driver who is charged with sexually assaulting a student on a school bus told the student not to say anything or "I'll go to jail," police said Tuesday. Alan Demand, 51, of Fowler Street in New Haven, assaulted the student "numerous times" and carried on an illegal sexual relationship until the student reported the assaults to a school resource officer, they said. The student was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time, Sgt. David Tammaro said. Demand was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of illegal sexual contact and one count of second-degree unlawful restraint. He was in custody on $50,000 bail Tuesday morning, police said, and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Milford for an arraignment later in the day. According to police, Demand assaulted the student between October and December. He also talked to the student several times on a cell phone and at one point texted a picture -- which police described as "sexual" -- along with instructions: "Please don't tell your mom anything else cause I'll go to Jail." Police didn't say whether the student is a boy or a girl. Detectives from the department's Special Victims Unit made the arrest, police said. Demand worked for Winkle Bus Company. Hugh Keefe, who represents the company, said it suspended Demand as soon as it learned of the allegations. He has not been fired; he must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Keefe said. The bus company has "an excellent safety record and never had a driver charged with anything like this in the past," Keefe said. Demand has no recent arrests or convictions on his record, according to judicial branch records. According to his online resume, he also has driven school buses in Bridgeport and North Haven and has been a shuttle driver in New Haven. He has driven elderly passengers as well as students, the resume says. He has been known to maintain order during trips "in order to ensure safety measures," it says. It also says he has "Exceptional Interpersonal Skills." reported by AP and CT news

Avon, Connecticut Doctor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Patients

Avon police have arrested a doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients during medical visits.

Bridgeport Boys & Girls Club Worker 'Sexted' Teen

A 30-year-old employee of a Bridgeport, Connecticut Boys and Girls Club is facing charges for allegedly "sexting" a 16-year-old girl. Jermaine Laidlaw is charged with risk of injury to a minor and using a computer to entice a minor into sexual activity, police said. Laidlaw was employed at the Jerome Orcutt Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport, according to police. The victim's mother went to police after she discovered sexually explicit text messages on her daughter's phone, police said. A forensic analysis of the girl's phone by police revealed 322 text messages between the girl and Laidlaw. Many of the messages sent by Laidlaw were sexually explicit, police said. Laidlaw was arrested Wednesday and was held with bail set at $25,000. Reported by Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant.

Western Connecticut State University Professor Charged with Sexually Assaulting 15 Year Old

A 73-year-old professor at Western Connecticut State University was arrested in New York on Monday after allegedly driving there to meet a 15-year-old and engage in sexual acts, according to the New York State Police. Paul S. Hines, of Danbury, was charged with a third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child, the police said in a news release. Hines was arraigned in Somers Town Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail, where he was being held without bail, the release states. According to the release, Hines had been communicating with the 15-year-old over the Internet. Hines allegedly drove to the child's house in Somers and engaged in sexual contact with the child, according to the release. A spokesman for the university confirmed that Hines is a professor there, but declined to comment further. The university's website lists Hines as a professor of organic chemistry.   Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant

New Canaan Connecticut Youth Group Leader Accused of Inappropriate Relationship with 15 Year Old Boy

New Canaan police have arrested a church youth group leader who is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

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