A former fencing coach at Fairfield's high schools has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a female student at Fairfield Ludlowe High School last year. The parents of the victim broke into tears last Friday as they described to Judge Robert Devlin at Bridgeport Superior Court how their now-18-year-old daughter has changed as a result of actions by John Tejada. "I sent him a confident, happy child and he sent us back a broken child, and we may never put the pieces back together," said the girl's father, wiping away tears.
A Danbury man who has taught at a private Catholic girls' school in Greenwich for the past 17 years has been charged with sexual assaulting a minor, police said. Michael Maida, 44, surrendered to police on Tuesday. He is charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, according to police. The charges stem from an investigation into alleged contact between Maida and a student who was under the age of 16 at the time, police said. Maida teaches at Convent of the Sacred Heart day school in Greenwich. According to a statement from the school, the alleged incident took place in the fall of 2009 and the alleged victim is no longer a student.
A 72-year-old substitute teacher at Westhill High School in Stamford Connecticut was arrested Wednesday for allegedly masturbating in a school hallway, according to police. Michael Luecke was charged with public indecency, breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor. According to police, Luecke was discovered about 7:33 a.m. by a school paraprofessional, who walked by an out cove in the hallway and saw a man on the ground. Thinking the man was hurt, the woman approached him and saw that the man's hand was in his pants "manipulating his penis," police said.
WATERBURY -- A teacher at Crosby High School in Waterbury has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a male student at the school. Meghan Eagan, 25, of 1568 Meriden Road, was charged with four counts of second-degree sexual assault. She posted $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 25. The sexual contact occurred four times in December and January at Eagan's home, police said. Police said school administrators have placed Eagan on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. From Hartford Courant
Two and a half years after he was removed as pastor of a New Fairfield church for allegedly sexually harassing a female church employee, Monsignor Martin Ryan was appointed pastor of a Stratford Roman Catholic church. Ryan's appointment Saturday at Our Lady of Grace Church prompted numerous calls from parishioners who said they were shocked to learn that their new spiritual leader was a priest who not only had been removed from a prior job, but had previously been accused of molesting a teenage girl in Trumbull in the 1970s. In that case, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport agreed to pay a settlement to the complainant, even though Ryan denied the allegations.
The Legionaries of Christ, a religious order plagued in the late 1990s and early 2000s by allegations of sexual abuse against its founder, announced on Thursday that an independent investigation had revealed "significant evidence" of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest who served at the order's Cheshire seminary.
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.
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
A woman who worked as a special education tutor in the Newington school system has been charged with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault after engaging in a sexual relationship with a 20-year-old student. Newington school officials notified police of the allegations on June 13 and on Monday police announced they'd arrested Amy Belliveau, 43, of New Britain. Police said she turned herself in Thursday after learning a warrant had been issued for her arrest. It is against state law for a school employee to have sexual contact with a student, regardless of age of the student.
A special education teacher in the New Haven, Connecticut public schools has been charged with sexually assaulting three underage students, according to police. Robert Schmitt, of Hamden, turned himself in to police on Wednesday, police spokesman David Hartman said in a press release Thursday afternoon. Schmitt, 48, is accused of assaulting three students during the 2011-2012 school year at the MicroSociety Magnet School. Each of the alleged assaults took place when the child was under the age of 13, Hartman said. The police investigation of Schmitt began in April, when a school social worker heard an allegation from a student -- a 12-year-old girl -- and reported it, Hartman said. A second victim, a 14-year-old girl, came forward in May, and two days later detectives spoke with the third victim, a 12-year-old boy.