A 72-year-old substitute teacher at Westhill High School in Stamford Connecticut was arrested Wednesday for allegedly masturbating in a school hallway, according to police.
Michael Luecke was charged with public indecency, breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.
According to police, Luecke was discovered about 7:33 a.m. by a school paraprofessional, who walked by an out cove in the hallway and saw a man on the ground. Thinking the man was hurt, the woman approached him and saw that the man’s hand was in his pants “manipulating his penis,” police said. Continue reading
More victims might come forward after a veteran Trumbull police officer was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a teenage girl he befriended at a statewide academy for high school students interested in becoming police officers.
William Ruscoe, 45, a drill instructor at the Cadet Police Academy at the University of Hartford, flirted with a number of teenage girls at the weeklong camp held every year,State Police investigators said. One of the girls turned him in after she became jealous of his attentions to another girl, police said.
State police said Ruscoe was charged with sexually assaulting one of the girls in his Trumbull home, binding her with his police handcuffs after pulling out his handgun. Continue reading
GENEVA — A sharply critical United Nations panel accused the Vatican on Wednesday of putting its reputation and interests above those of children who had been sexually abused by priests. It called on the Vatican to immediately remove all known or suspected molesters from their posts and report them to civil authorities.
“The Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators,” said the panel, the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
It demanded that the Vatican open its archives to identify abusers and that it hold accountable those who had concealed abuse and knowingly allowed abusers continued contact with children.
The panel’s conclusion that the church was more concerned with avoiding scandal than with protecting exploited children mirrored that of numerous other investigative bodies and victims’ advocacy groups. Continue reading
The Legionaries of Christ, a religious order plagued in the late 1990s and early 2000s by allegations of sexual abuse against its founder, announced on Thursday that an independent investigation had revealed “significant evidence” of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest who served at the order’s Cheshire seminary.
The allegation against Fr. William Izquierdo surfaced in July 2012, and involved abuse that took place while Izquierdo served as an instructor of novices in the Cheshire seminary, a position he held from 1982 to 1994, according to a letter from the Legion’s North American territorial director Fr. Luis Garza.
The Legion commissioned Praesidium Inc., a firm that specializes in abuse risk management, to do an independent investigation of the allegations, the letter states. That investigation concluded in August and was reviewed by the Legion’s North American review board in October. Continue reading
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