Substitute teacher found masturbating in hallway

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– He’s old enough to be a great grandfather but what police say, he was caught doing around kids is appalling. The 72-year-old man was working as a substitute teacher in a local high school.

But with students nearby, police say he did something so disgusting both parents, students and the school are outraged.

The substitute teacher was caught twice with his pants down before class fondling himself with students watching.

“Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting,” said Carla Molina, Stamford resident.

Police put the 72-year-old in handcuffs for public indecency after a teaching assistant found him fondling himself in the hallway.

“She approached him and noticed that he had his pants down,” said Lt. Diedrich Hohn, Stamford  Police Dept.

Detectives say the substitute teacher unzipped and lowered his pants touching himself while students were walking by. Police say they caught the substitute teacher in the act twice on camera.

“We went back a few minutes before that and we found him in a stairwell looking out of window, looking at kids in the courtyard and he was manipulating his pants,” said Hohn.

After Luecke was caught, he went to a classroom to teach students before he was put in the back of a police cruiser.

He’s been a substitute teacher for three years now in the Stamford school system.

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“Wow I have a freshman and a little kid in elementary school. And it’s unbelievable. Did they not do a background check?” said Molina.

The substitute teacher lives dangerously close to children. It only took two minutes to get from the front door of Luecke’s apartment building to the front door of Stamford High School.

Parents and students say it’s appalling.

“It just really makes me sick to my stomach to think that that’s happening here at our schools,” said Beatriz Nieves, Stamford resident.

“I wouldn’t suspect him do anything like that because of his age,” said Evan Torres, Westhill High School student.

“I was thinking crazy old man doing who knows what in the school. It’s kind a messed up,” said  Jordan Goins, Westhill High School student.

News 8 called the superintendent’s office and they say Luecke will not be returning to any of the schools in the district.

Luecke was charged with public indecency, breach of the peace and risk of injury to a minor.

He’s being hold on a $25,000 bond and is expected to appear before a judge Thursday.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A male substitute teacher was arrested on Wednesday for masturbating in the hallway of a Stamford school.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. a paraeducater spotted an elderly man on the hallway floor of Westhill High School. She assumed that he was injured and approached him only to discover that his hands were in his pants manipulating his penis.

She yelled at the man and notified school officials right away. He was quickly identified as Michael Luecke, 72, a substitute teacher working at the school.

Luecke was immediately removed from the classroom he was overseeing and detained from the building by Westhill High School Resource Officers.

Video surveillance recovered from minutes before the lewd act showed Luecke in another location suspiciously manipulating the front of his pants while looking at students in the courtyard.

The same footage showed six students passing his location when he was hiding behind school lockers before falling to the hallway floor. School officials are currently trying to identify those students and assess a need for counseling.

Luecke was arrested and transported to Stamford Police Headquarters for processing. He was charged for public indecency, breach of peace, and risk of injury to a minor.

A $25,000 bond was levied on Luecke.

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