New York Dance Instructor Sexually Assaulted Connecticut Dance Student

A New York dance instructor who has worked with nationally known artists was arrested Tuesday after police said he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student.

Police said Johnny Sadowski also texted the girl photos of his private parts.

Sadowski, 26, of Euclid Avenue, Fairfield, was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and using a computer to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Continue reading

Rocky Hill Connecticut Boy Scout Leader Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Contact with Boys

A Rocky Hill father, former pilot and Boy Scout leader was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for having sexual contact with two boys.

“You are, in fact, guilty of a heinous crime,” Judge Arthur Hadden told Mark Alexander, 36. “You have to pay the price of that.”

He sentenced Alexander to eight years in prison, followed by eight years of special parole, as Alexander’s wife, Francesca, wept.

Alexander had previously pleaded no contest to charges of first-degree illegal possession of child pornography and risk of injury to a minor. Continue reading

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.