Police say that a 37-year-old female teacher at Daniel Hand High School in Madison engaged in sexual conduct with a student who was believed to be 16 years old. An investigation began after a student at the school reported the alleged conduct to the school's principal. The Department of Children and Families in Connecticut as well as local authorities are collaborating on the investigation to substantiate the claim.
The woman was charged with sexual assault in the second degree as well as risk of injury or impairing the morals of a child. She had been working for the school district for 12 years and was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. However, the school's principal said that steps had been taken regarding her continued employment. The woman was released from custody after posting a $100,000 bond and was due in court on Feb. 24.
Teachers or anyone else facing allegations of child abuse may wish to hire an attorney to dispute the charges. In addition to criminal penalties such as time in prison, the charge will likely harm an individual's professional reputation. Those charged with sex crimes may lose their job and have a more difficult time getting one in the future if convicted.
An attorney may be able to dispute the charge and help clear the defendant's name. It may be possible to cast doubt upon the testimony of those making the claim or any physical evidence related to the alleged crime. This may make it possible to have the charge dropped or for a defendant to earn an acquittal at trial. If necessary, it may be possible to have the charge expunged, which would result in the charge disappearing from an individual's record.
Source: FOX CT, "Madison teacher arrested for sexual contact with student," Doug Stewart and Louisa Moller, Feb. 12, 2015