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.

Bruce Connery, of Greenwood Lane, was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor, according to police. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Police began an investigation after a parent of a 10-year-old girl made allegations against Connery. Police said the girl told her father she did not want to take lessons with Connery anymore, because he touched her inappropriately during lessons. The lessons took place at the student’s home, according to police.

During the investigation, police received a second complaint, this time from the parent of a 15-year-old student. The second student also claimed that Connery touched her inappropriately during a music lesson in her home, police said.

Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant

Lawsuit: Stamford Connecticut Teacher Abused Boys

A. second lawsuit was filed Thursday claiming Stamford school officials failed to protect children from being abused by a public school gym teacher in the 1970s.

The latest lawsuit, filed in Superior Court here, brings to seven the number of men who claim they were abused by the same teacher, Robert Martinez when they were children.

All were between 8 and 10 years old at the time of the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuits.

“Schools have a duty to supervise teachers but in this case Martinez was routinely allowed to call boys out of class and keep boys after gym class so that he could be alone with them in his private office where he molested them,” said Cindy Robinson, who represents the seven plaintiffs. She said she anticipates filing more lawsuits against the school system as more victims of Martinez come forward. Continue reading

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

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Former Greenwich Connecticut Priest Named in Victims’ Group Petition

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. Continue reading

Ex-Fairfield Fencing Coach, John Tejada, Sentenced to Jail for Sexually Assaulting Student

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. Continue reading

Greenwich Connecticut Catholic School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault of Student

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. Continue reading

Former Penn State quarterback and Assistant Coach Mike McQueary was Sexually Abused: Report

Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback and Nittany Lions assistant football coach who was a key prosecution witness in Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial, confided to players that he was a victim of sexual abuse, according to a new ESPN The Magazine report.

According to the report, it was during a meeting with PSU football receivers and tight ends on Nov. 7, 2011 — three days after prosecutors released a damning grand jury presentment outlining Sandusky’s sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period — that the then-Nittany Lions receivers coach, McQueary, told the players that he too had been sexually abused when he was a boy. The report cites two players who were present at the meeting.

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