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

Trumbull Connecticut Police Officer Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teenage Girl

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

U.N. Panel Assails Vatican Over Sexual Abuse by Priests

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

Legion of Christ Acknowledges Abuse of Minor By Priest in Cheshire Connecticut

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

Bridgeport Boys & Girls Club Worker ‘Sexted’ Teen

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.

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