Former Bethel teacher arrested for sexually assaulting young boys


BETHEL, Conn. (WTNH) — Parents in Bethel are disturbed after learning more about charges a former elementary school teacher is facing.

Brian Stroh, 30, of New Fairfield, was arrested Monday, charged with inappropriately touching at least three juvenile boys. Investigators do not believe the crimes took place on school grounds.

“This is a case initially reported to officials in the town of Bethel, and it was determined that the incident allegedly occurred in New Fairfield,” said State Police Lt. Paul Vance. Exactly where in New Fairfield is not known.

Stroh turned himself in to State Police Troop A in Southbury, where he was arrested, booked, and brought to a holding facility.

ORIGINAL STORY: Bethel school staffer investigated for inappropriate activities with minors

He was employed by Bethel Schools since 2009 and worked as a teacher at Frank Berry Elementary School until Feb. 19. When the investigation began, he was suspended, and resigned soon after.

Colleen McManus’ 12-year-old daughter had Stroh as a teacher at Berry Elementary.

“I can’t wrap my head around it,” she said. “I really can’t because he just didn’t come off to be that way.”

Fredrick Crowe, a former custodian at the school, says he got to know Stroh very well.

“He was a great teacher and he seemed to go out of his way for the kids,” said Crowe. “He was a mentor. He deserves his day in court, and I truly hope these allegations are unfounded.”

The alleged victims were ages six, nine, and 11. State Police won’t release much about the investigation. It is not known what the relationship is between Stroh and his alleged victims.

Stroh is charged with three counts of sexual assault in the fourth-degree and six counts of risk of injury to a minor. He’s being held on a $250,000 bond and his next court date is March 31.

To see a letter sent from the Bethel Superintendent to the school community regarding Stroh’s arrest, click here.

To see the Bethel Board of Education’s general questions and answers about Stroh’s arrest, click here.

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