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

Lawsuit: Stamford Connecticut Teacher Abused Boys

A. second lawsuit was filed Thursday claiming Stamford school officials failed to protect children from being abused by a public school gym teacher in the 1970s.

The latest lawsuit, filed in Superior Court here, brings to seven the number of men who claim they were abused by the same teacher, Robert Martinez when they were children.

All were between 8 and 10 years old at the time of the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuits.

“Schools have a duty to supervise teachers but in this case Martinez was routinely allowed to call boys out of class and keep boys after gym class so that he could be alone with them in his private office where he molested them,” said Cindy Robinson, who represents the seven plaintiffs. She said she anticipates filing more lawsuits against the school system as more victims of Martinez come forward. Continue reading

West Haven Connecticut School Bus Driver Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted Student On Bus, Police Say

 A school bus driver who is charged with sexually assaulting a student on a school bus told the student not to say anything or “I’ll go to jail,” police said Tuesday.

Alan Demand, 51, of Fowler Street in New Haven, assaulted the student “numerous times” and carried on an illegal sexual relationship until the student reported the assaults to a school resource officer, they said.

The student was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time, Sgt. David Tammaro said.

Demand was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of illegal sexual contact and one count of second-degree unlawful restraint.

He was in custody on $50,000 bail Tuesday morning, police said, and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Milford for an arraignment later in the day.

According to police, Demand assaulted the student between October and December. He also talked to the student several times on a cell phone and at one point texted a picture — which police described as “sexual” — along with instructions: “Please don’t tell your mom anything else cause I’ll go to Jail.”

Police didn’t say whether the student is a boy or a girl. Detectives from the department’s Special Victims Unit made the arrest, police said.

Demand worked for Winkle Bus Company.

Hugh Keefe, who represents the company, said it suspended Demand as soon as it learned of the allegations. He has not been fired; he must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Keefe said.

The bus company has “an excellent safety record and never had a driver charged with anything like this in the past,” Keefe said.

Demand has no recent arrests or convictions on his record, according to judicial branch records.

According to his online resume, he also has driven school buses in Bridgeport and North Haven and has been a shuttle driver in New Haven.

He has driven elderly passengers as well as students, the resume says. He has been known to maintain order during trips “in order to ensure safety measures,” it says.

It also says he has “Exceptional Interpersonal Skills.”

reported by AP and CT news

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Ex-Fairfield Fencing Coach, John Tejada, Sentenced to Jail for Sexually Assaulting Student

A former fencing coach at Fairfield’s high schools has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a female student at Fairfield Ludlowe High School last year.

The parents of the victim broke into tears last Friday as they described to Judge Robert Devlin at Bridgeport Superior Court how their now-18-year-old daughter has changed as a result of actions by John Tejada.

“I sent him a confident, happy child and he sent us back a broken child, and we may never put the pieces back together,” said the girl’s father, wiping away tears. Continue reading

Greenwich Connecticut Catholic School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault of Student

A Danbury man who has taught at a private Catholic girls’ school in Greenwich for the past 17 years has been charged with sexual assaulting a minor, police said.

Michael Maida, 44, surrendered to police on Tuesday. He is charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, according to police.

The charges stem from an investigation into alleged contact between Maida and a student who was under the age of 16 at the time, police said.

Maida teaches at Convent of the Sacred Heart day school in Greenwich. According to a statement from the school, the alleged incident took place in the fall of 2009 and the alleged victim is no longer a student. Continue reading

Substitute Teacher at Westhill High School in Stamford Connecticut Arrested for Indecenency

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

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