School officials due back in court in Montville fight club case

NORWICH — Three Montville school administrators arrested in the fallout over an alleged student “fight club” are set to return to court for pretrial negotiations.

Montville Superintendent Brian Levesque, Montville High School Principal Jeffrey Theodoss and Assistant Principal Tatiana Patten were charged in April with failing to report abuse and placed on leave from their jobs. They pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to return to Norwich Superior court on Monday.

They’re accused of not telling authorities about allegations that substitute teacher Ryan Fish organized fights between students. Fish was fired in October, but police were not notified until two months later. Fish has pleaded not guilty to charges including reckless endangerment.

Patten’s lawyer has said he doesn’t think a crime has been committed and believes the cases should be dismissed.