Attorney: Wilton superintendent misled parents about abuse allegations

WILTON, Conn. (WTNH)– There is panic among parents in Wilton after a former teacher’s aide was arrested on child porn charges. The Wilton School District  recently reassured parents nothing happened to harm students at the school. But now there are questions if the school actually covered up a sex abuse allegation on the school’s property.

“It’s very disturbing,” said Nancy Follis, Wilton.

Parents reacting to the latest news about a former preschool teacher’s aide at the Wilton public schools, who has been arrested for possession and sharing of child pornography. Eric Von Kohorn resigned in June, but there are new allegations that school officials covered up an incident that happened last year.

Three days ago, the superintendent reassured parents that Von Kohorn never touched any Wilton students.

“We have not yet learned of any information that would lead us to believe Mr. Vonhorn was inappropriate with any children while an employee while here at the Wilton public schools,” said Dr. Kevin Smith, Wilton superintendent of schools.

But Stamford attorney Paul Slager claims that’s not true. In a written statement he says:

In January 2013, the family I represent notified representatives of the Wilton Public Schools that their child, a preschool student, told them Von Kohorn had inappropriately touched the child while assisting in toileting.  The parents also reported to Wilton Public Schools that their child’s complaints of inappropriate touching were corroborated by physical symptoms.”

News 8 wanted answers, so we contacted the Wilton police department to find out if the school had contacted them back in 2013 to investigate the inappropriate touching complaint they sent us this email:

“The Wilton Police Department was not notified of the complaint in January 2013.  The department was made aware of this incident subsequent to the arrest of Mr. Von Kohorn and is now investigating it.

“That’s unbelievable, you send your kids to school and it’s a safe environment and the to hear that someone is mistreating them or abusing them that’s disgusting,” said Veronica Dejesus, Wilton.

At that same meeting on Monday, the school superintendent goes so far as to quote Von KoHorn’s attorney saying the suspect passed a polygraph and never touched any kids.

“Mr. Von Kohorn volunteered to a polygraph test and responded to questions about his interactions with children, attorney Sheffield reported the results of the polygraph supported his own belief that Mr. Von Kohorn did not appropriately any children,” said Smith.

“Well it really concerns me is think that it is something that creates lasting scars, if it happens?” said Follis.

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