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Teen told therapist about alleged relationship with teacher's aide

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Kyle Damato-Kushel was charged after police said she had “inappropriate conduct” with a student. (Stratford Police Department) Kyle Damato-Kushel was charged after police said she had “inappropriate conduct” with a student. (Stratford Police Department)
STRATFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Disturbing new details have been released in the sexual assault case against a teacher’s aide in Stratford.

According to an arrest warrant, 46-year-old Kyle Damato-Kushel is being accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor.

She worked at Wooster Street Middle School, and once allegations came to light about a possible inappropriate relationship with a student, she was pulled from the school.

However, details from the arrest warrant reveal the Department of Children and Families once investigated the teacher after the victim first mentioned the relationship.

Police got involved in October, but just months before, according to officials, the victim triggered a DCF investigation when he allegedly admitted to a therapist that he was having a relationship with a teacher.

The case was closed later when no evidence was found.

It wasn’t until Damato-Kushel reported a break-in at her home that police began to find out more.

According to police, it was the victim who was in her home on Oct. 1, allegedly on a nightly visit.

The warrant said “the victim said he would go to Kyle’s house every night on a regular basis. He would knock on her bedroom window and she would let him in the house.” Documents show he later stated “Kyle performed oral sex on him in her basement.”

The teen also told police that he “admitted to having sexual intercourse with Kyle and has been since the summer of eighth grade.”

Throughout the investigation, police said they found text messages between the two, discussing money.

The warrant also said “the victim stated she (Damato-Kushel) did become pregnant and she told him she had a miscarriage.”

Investigating officers said the text messages between the two showed Damato-Kushel had given the victim money for clothes and to stay quiet about their relationship.

Police said the two had encounters allegedly inside the woman’s car, and at a local hotel.

She is also accused of another sexual encounter with a friend of the initial victim.

The woman is facing serious sexual assault charges and illegal sexual contact with a minor.

She was released on bond and will return to court later this month.

She was fired from the school last month.

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