Westport high school teacher accused of sex with student

Theron Kissinger (Photo provided by the Westport Police Dept.)

WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– A high school teacher is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.

Police say 44-year-old Theron Kissinger, a teacher at Staples High School, had an intimate relationship with one of his students. According to police, the Southbury man tutored the victim outside of school. They say the relationship began after the two started meeting for tutoring late last year.

Kissinger is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault. He was released after posting $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court Jan. 23.

On Friday morning, Westport Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landen issued the following statement:

Today, the Westport Police Department notified us that Theron Kissinger, a teacher for the Westport Public Schools, has been arrested and charged with misconduct related to a student.

We are shocked and disappointed by these allegations.

We will continue to work closely with the Westport PD, as we have throughout the past few days, to determine all the facts related to this matter and to take appropriate action based on that determination. Should these charges be substantiated, we will immediately move to terminate the employment of this teacher.

We consider such conduct to be a betrayal of our trust on the part of a teacher that cannot and will not be tolerated.

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