Janitor arrested for sexual assault of student at Wallingford school
By WFSB Staff
WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Officials at Lyman Hall High School sent a letter home to parents after a janitor was arrested for an alleged sexual assault involving a student at the school's Vocational Agricultural building.
Juan David Mazo-Ospina, 32, of West Haven was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
According to police, the girl told her mother that she met Mazo-Ospina Vocational Agricultural building after school hours Monday evening and forced her into a closet where he sexually assaulted her.
Parents took the girl to Midstate Medical Center around midnight Monday where she was checked out by doctors as a precaution.
Following the visit, the parents reported the incident to police and the school.
Mazo-Ospina told police the incident was consensual. However, since the incident involved a minor, he was arrested.
Mazo-Ospina was hired by the board of education to clean Lyman Hall every day after school. The company told the school that Mazo-Ospina would be placed on leave and not allowed on school grounds until the investigation was over.
A letter was sent home to parents Tuesday, which indicated an employee had "been arrested on charges of inappropriate conduct with a student."
Police said it was an isolated incident and "every measure to ensure student safety" has been taken by the district, according to the letter.
Students and police told Eyewitness News the VOAG building has been blocked for the past few days.
"Kids shouldn't have to be scared to go to school and wonder what's happening," said Lyman Hall senior Russell Connolly. "They should be able to go to school, get their education and do what they got to do. Lyman Hall is a good school too."
Officials planned to review the police reports and determine if any further action would be taken by Wallingford Public Schools.
"Anywhere, you don't want to hear it. You don't want to see it," said Wallingford parent Colleen Puglisi. "That's why we live in Wallingford."
Mazo-Ospina, who has no previous convictions, was arraigned at Superior Court in Meriden Wednesday morning and is being held on a $200,000 bond.
Check back with Eyewitness News for updates on this breaking news story.
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