New Haven Teacher Accused Of Sexual Assault

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Former New Haven special education teacher Robert Schmitt turned himself into police Thursday. Schmitt, of Hamden, is accused of sexually assaulting three students during the 2011 – 2012 school year.

Police say the victims, two girls and a boy, were all under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Schmitt was a teacher at the MicroSociety Magnet School on Valley Street.

“The safety and well-being of our students must be the absolute top priority for the school district and our staff. Children should feel safe in school and parents should feel safe sending their children to school,” said Superintendent Garth Harries in a statement.

The statement continued, “in this case the principal acted immediately to remove the teacher once allegations were made. We reported the incident, cooperated fully with DCF and police and are moving forward with termination proceedings”.

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