Ex-teacher gets plea deal in student sex assault case

Allison Marchese, 37, is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student at Daniel Hand High School (Image: Daniel Hand High School Yearbook)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former Madison high school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a teenage student and having inappropriate contact with another has accepted a plea deal in the case.

Thirty-nine-year-old Allison Marchese pleaded guilty Monday to charges that include reckless endangerment and threatening. She faces up to three years in prison when she’s sentenced March 3.

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Marchese was arrested last year on sexual assault and risk of injury charges.

An affidavit said a 17-year-old student told police he received a selfie of Marchese scantily dressed. It also said a 15-year-old student told police Marchese wrote that she could not concentrate during class because he was so attractive.

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Marchese’s attorney says his client pleaded under the Alford doctrine. That means Marchese doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence for a conviction.

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