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
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Lesser known fact about Sigmund Freud – early in his career he was all but laughed out of his field for suggesting that sexual abuse within families was a significant social problem. To remain respected he recanted his findings. Toward the end of his career he went back to his original claims and backed them up, demonstrating that this ugliness was indeed not simply at the fringes of society.
We’ve known for many decades now that sexual abuse is a significant social problem. We’ve made gains in our efforts to create awareness and reduce other forms of sexual assault, but we remain largely at a loss with regard to what happens within a family unit. Our laws treat children as property and we continue to maintain startlingly underfunded and overworked Child Protective Services as our primary form of intervention.
Our discomfort acknowledging the prevalence of sexual abuse is evident in the language we use. Media reports tend to minimize its significance and impact. One rarely reads of a child being raped. One reads of a child being “molested.” I’m repulsed every time I read about a child of 12 or 13 who engaged in “sex” or “sexual acts”, when in fact a child of this age is incapable of consent.
We water down and minimize because we are sickened to imagine what so many children experience. We cannot expect to make significant gains with social problems we’re uncomfortable discussing. It’s additionally problematic that our social problems are intimately connected to each other. As we struggle to make progress in prevention and intervention of substance abuse; we overlook the frequently underlying dynamics of surviving childhood sexual abuse. Continue reading
An East Windsor priest has been placed on leave by the Catholic Church after being accused of sexually abusing a minor, the Hartford Archdiocese said Monday.
The Rev. Paul Gotta had earlier come to public attention in June when he told police about an 18-year-old who had told him he was planning a memorable prank for his graduation ceremonies. Police later charged the teenager with attempting to make a bomb, possession of explosives and other charges.
The state Department of Children and Families has received a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor involving Gotta, who is administrator of St. Philip and St. Catherine churches in East Windsor, said Maria Zone, spokeswoman for the archdiocese. Police are investigating the allegation, she said in a written statement. Continue reading