NEWINGTON — A woman who worked as a special education tutor in the Newington school system has been charged with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault after allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 20-year-old student.
Newington school officials notified police of the allegations on June 13, and on Monday police announced they had arrested Amy Belliveau, 43, of New Britain. Police said she turned herself in Thursday after learning a warrant had been issued for her arrest.
It is against state law for a school employee to have sexual contact with a student, regardless of age of the student.
Belliveau has been fired from her position. The sexual contact allegedly occurred between April and June of 2013, police said. The alleged victim was a student at the Newington Transitional Academy, police said.
Soldelis Garcia is a former elementary school teacher who says Belliveau broke the trust of parents.
“It’s sad because parents entrust us with their children and that trust is taken away and it gives us a bad stigma as educators,” she said.
Schools Superintendent William C. Collins said the district worked jointly with police after they began to suspect a sexual relationship had occurred. Collins said he was “thrilled” that an arrest was made.
The 20-year-old student was a “high-functioning” special needs student, he said.
Fox CT spoke with one of Belliveau’s neighbors who said she is married and has two children. The neighbor described her as a nice woman and was shocked to hear the allegations.
Belliveau was placed on administrative leave as soon as the investigation began and then terminated after the arrest. Collins said she was in her first year of teaching in the district.
She posted $10,000 bail and is due back in court Oct. 9.