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. Continue reading

Bridgeport Nursing Assistant Charged with Sexual Assault of Patient

A man who worked as a certified nursing assistant at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault for allegedly touching a patient inappropriately while he slept, police said.

Gonzalo Flores, 53, of Bridgeport, was arrested on Tuesday and released on $25,000 bond, according to court records.

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Connecticut Journalism Teacher Charged With Having Sexual Relationship With Student

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.

Friskey is on leave pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings, said Superintendent Cathy L. Patterson in a statement speaking on behalf of the board of education.

“As a school district, the board continues to uphold high standards for our staff and anyone working with children. Staff members are in a position of significant trust and they must at all times be held responsible and accountable for adhering to established policies and the law,” Patterson wrote.

Erin’s Law Teaches Kids to Fight Being Lifelong Victims

One law can rescue people from the spiral of self-hatred that adds them to the growing pile of prisoners in the country’s correctional facilities.

And at the close of the Connecticut General Assembly’s most recent session in May, our legislators passed that law, perhaps without fully understanding that it is the most comprehensive anti-crime law that Connecticut’s citizens have seen in a long time. It’s headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk and he should sign it into law.

They call this law “Erin’s Law” after Erin Merryn, its champion. Merryn is a sexual abuse survivor from Illinois who noted that her elementary school’s drills — tornado, bus, stop-drop-and-roll for fires and DARE’s eight ways to say no to drugs — never included any training on how to escape a child molester or explained how to discern the difference between good and bad touches, or how to find a trusted adult to report abuse. Merryn could roll her way out of a burning bus during a tornado, but she had no idea how to stop two separate perpetrators from raping her before she turned 13.

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Tremont & Sheldon Continues to Represent Survivors of Abuse

The Vatican’s announcement that it defrocked more than 800 priests over the last decade should be a reminder that sex abuse by those in positions of authority remains a problem.  But it is not just a problem within the Church, although that institution has garnered the most public attention.

The attorneys at Tremont & Sheldon continue to be advocates for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In 2014, Tremont & Sheldon has:

  • Settled a claim for a victim abused by a CCD teacher David Stanko at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, CT in Archdiocese of Hartford
  • Settled a claim for a victim abused by Monsignor Joseph Lacy at St. Luke Church in Hartford, CT in Archdiocese of Hartford
  • Settled a claim for a victim abused by Matthew Frontera who was a youth soccer coach with the Branford Soccer Club in Branford, CT
  • Filed a lawsuit on behalf of multiple victims who were abused by Robert Martinez, a gym teacher at the Rogers Elementary School in Stamford, CT.

Tremont & Sheldon is currently representing:

  • 9 victims abused by Robert Martinez at the Rogers Elementary School in Stamford, CT;
  • 5 victims abused by priests (Gildea, Morrissey, Federici, Coleman) in the Diocese of Bridgeport;
  • 3 victims abused by priests (Glynn, Meunier aka) in the Archdiocese of Hartford
  • Numerous victims abused as minors by teachers/or coaches at public, private, and parochial schools throughout the state of Connecticut.

Vatican says 848 priests defrocked for sexual abuse since 2004

GENEVA — The Vatican released comprehensive statistics for the first time Tuesday on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children, saying 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade. The

Vatican’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, revealed the figures during a second day of grilling by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture.

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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