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 protective order has been issued against Morgan Frawley, 25, of Fairfield, who police said had sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy.
Frawley, a former New Canaan church youth group leader and former substitute teacher, was arrested on a charge of risk of injury to a minor Oct. 25 after turning herself in to New Canaan police. Continue reading
Police have charged an English teacher at Fairfield Ludlowe High School with sexual assault after they say he engaged in a long-running relationship with a student.
Glenn Mishuck, 49, of Ellsworth Street in Bridgeport, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Superior Court in Bridgeport. He was charged with 17 counts of second-degree sexual assault.
Mischuck is no longer a teacher at the school. School officials said he resigned his position Oct. 7. He was placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 18, when school officials learned of the allegations against him, a school spokeswoman said.
Mishuck, who was known to students as “Mish,” engaged in a sexual relationship with a student younger than 18 on at least 17 occasions, police said. Text messages between the student and Mishuck corroborated the incidents, police said.
David Owens, 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
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.
Police began investigating Morgan V. Frawley, 25, of Fairfield on April 23.
They said the state Department of Children and Families reached out to the department about reports that Frawley, a church youth group leader at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, was having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage boy.
Police investigated and said they determined that Frawley, and the youth were involved in a sexual relationship.
“Our investigation revealed that she did commit the crime of risk of injury to a minor, but there wasn’t sufficient evidence for any other charges,” Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said. Continue reading
A Bethel church has been accused in a lawsuit of turning a blind eye to sexual assaults on young girls by its former youth minister.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in stateSuperior Court in Danbury, the family of a girl says leaders of the Walnut Hill Community Church allowed Matthew Anastasia to be in a position where he could get close to girls even though he had been arrested for harming one.
“The minor plaintiff and her family looked to the church as a safe place to worship and find spiritual peace and instead a 13-year-old girl was deceived and harmed,” said lawyer Cindy Robinson, with the Bridgeport law firm Tremont & Sheldon, who is representing the family.
Church officials did not immediately return calls and emails for comment. Anastasia’s mother, Janice, is the Children’s Ministry Team coordinator for Walnut Hill, and his father, James, had served as a church elder. Both are named as defendants. Continue reading
People who are required by law to report child abuse and fail to do so may face felony charges under one of several new state laws set to take effect on Tuesday.
Teachers and other “mandated reporters” who fail to report suspected child abuse now face fines between $500 and $2,500, but the new penalty will be much tougher — up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
“One of the things that has always bothered me was when you have individuals in an organization who know about child abuse, they sometimes shuffle people around instead of reporting it to authorities,” state Rep. Gerald M. Fox III, D-Stamford, co-chairman of the legislative Judiciary Committee said. “With the new law, if you know about it and do not report it, you’re liable for a Class D felony for intentional interference.”
The law, a couple years in the making, is aimed at stopping incidents like the pedophile scandals at Penn State University, or among Catholic priests and bishops.
The new law, one of dozens that take effect on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, would cover incidents going forward from that date.
As reported in CT Post by Ken Dixon