Sex assault charges against Connecticut teacher dismissed

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut special education teacher accused of sexually assaulting several students is criticizing the justice system after a judge dismissed all charges against him.

Robert Schmitt of Hamden told the New Haven Register after the charges were dismissed Monday that teachers are at risk of being unjustly accused by students, being quickly prosecuted and immediately judged guilty by the public.

Schmitt was charged with sexual assaulting several students two years ago, when he was a teacher at the MicroSociety Magnet School in New Haven. A jury acquitted him in April in one student’s case, and a jury recently was picked in another student’s case.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Patrick Clifford dismissed all charges pending against Schmitt after a prosecutor said it would be difficult to prove the allegations.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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