Recently there has been a great deal of writing in the popular press about the problem of sexual assault at the University of Connecticut. Last week, police arrested Geoffrey Justin Gillette, a former teaching assistant and coach at E. O. Smith High School in nearby Mansfield, CT. Mr. Gillette, who coached football and track, is accused of having sexual relations with three different students at E. O. Smith High School. It is alleged that he had sex with the girls at his parents' home in Coventry, his apartment in Hampton, and in his motor vehicle.
A former pastor in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, suspended following allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenaged boy in the early 1980s, has died.
The principal and an assistant principal of Stamford High School were charged Thursday with failing to report an alleged sexual relationship between an English teacher and a male student - possibly allowing the affair to continue for another six months.
A civil lawsuit has been filed against the Newington Board of Education as a result of two former students' claims of sexual abuse by James Brown, a former physical education instructor at the John Wallace Middle School in Newington, Connecticut. The assaults took place in the school's gym locker room showers during the school day during the 1989-1990 school year. At the time, Brown was serving as a long-term substitute for the regular classroom teacher who was out on leave.
The topic of sexual abuse is difficult to talk about, but victims of sexual abuse must know that resources are available to them, and that they are not alone. According to the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, nearly 20 percent of girls and about seven percent of boys have been victims of child sexual abuse. Furthermore, about 14 percent of Connecticut residents likely experienced some kind of childhood sexual assault. Presently, an estimated 40 million childhood sexual abuse survivors live in the US.
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.
A Ledyard High School journalism teacher was arrested Monday after investigators determined he was having a sexual relationship with a female student, police said. William Friskey, 36, of Pattagansett Court, East Lyme, was arrested on a warrant charging him with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, police said. He posted $75,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned at Superior Court in New London July 14.
Attorney Cindy Robinson discusses the rise in sexual abuse and what parents should do to protect their children.
Bishop Frank Caggiano has agreed to meet with representatives of national and local victim support groups who Wednesday called for him to hire an outside firm to investigate two priests who have been accused in the past of sex abuse -- including a prominent former Greenwich pastor who has admitted he hid more than 40 years of abuse complaints. But Barbara Blaine, president of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said although she is willing to meet with Caggiano, she would prefer to do so after he agrees to the investigation. "History has shown that meetings don't always bear fruit, but actions speak louder than words," Blaine said.