William Friskey (2013 Ledyard High School yearbook photo)
LEDYARD, CT (WFSB) -
A Ledyard teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student was ordered on Monday to stay away from her while he was in court.
According to police, 36-year-old William Friskey, an English and Journalism teacher at Ledyard High School, was having a sexual relationship with a female student.
Friskey has been put on administrative leave by the Ledyard Board of Education pending the outcome of the investigation. However on Monday Eyewitness News learned that Friskey has resigned.
Friskey is a former English teacher and is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a former 18-year-old student.
According to the arrest warrant, "Mr. Friskey and her began having consensual oral sex when they were alone in the classroom."
The two allegedly went on several dates, like going out to breakfast or dinner or bowling, police said.
The student also went to the teacher's East Lyme home several times, police said, and "sometimes Mr. Friskey's son was there but they would go in the bedroom and tell him they were going to take a nap. His son would just stay in the living room and play Wii."
"Inside of a classroom it's inappropriate. As a teacher, everybody should know that. What happens outside when the person graduates, if they're adults, that's their business," said teacher Jim Motyka.
The teen told investigators she tried several times to break off the relationship with Friskey but didn't because "Friskey would always pull her back in by threatening harm to himself."
When police searched his computer they found several emails and Skype messages between Friskey and the victim.
On one occasion he wrote, "You dump me because of society, and a bunch of nameless, faceless people you don't even care about."
Another message said, "We spent hours just doing naughty stuff in bed before I had to go to work. Don't tell me it was nothing."
The victim told police that the relationship was consensual.
"I don't think the police should get involved. As long as he didn't force anything on her," said Debra Murallo of New London. "He's probably embarrassed and ashamed. He probably did the right thing and resigned."
Friskey was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and released on a $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on July 30.
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