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Allegations of sexual assaults in 2 Waterbury schools

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Two lawyers representing two different students within the Waterbury Public School system have notified city officials they might sue over alleged sex assaults on school grounds.

Letters were sent to the city attorney earlier this fall after each of the incidents surfaced last spring.

One of the potential suits involves a Wilby high school student claiming to be inappropriately touched and talked to by a male teacher during class. Police said they couldn't verify those claims, and there were never any charges. 

The other involves a middle school student, who came forward to say two classmates sexually assaulted her at school.

A letter from a Glastonbury lawyer, J. Lawrence Price, to the city of Waterbury warns of a potential lawsuit from the mother of a Wallace middle schooler.

The family claims the young girl was sexually assaulted by two male students and held down against her will, in a school stairwell last April. Then again, 90 minutes later, in her science class, by the same two boys.

The notice names the city, the board of education, and Wallace School administrators, including two principals, three teachers and a security guard.

Price states the following items in the letter:

  • They failed to keep the hallways, stairwells and classrooms safe.
  • They failed to properly intervene after the first sex assault, when they knew or should've known that she needed assistance and that she'd be confronted again.
  • They failed to have adequate staff support, so as to prevent any assaults.

Waterbury police arrested the 14 and 15-year-old boys involved in the incident. They charged them each with third-degree sex assault. They were suspended from school for 10 days as well.

A school spokesman couldn't comment other than to confirm a teacher approached the girl, who looked upset and that's how they found out about it.

The attorneys involved in both of these potential suits did not return phone calls from Eyewitness News for comment.

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