Following an arrest, a Newtown theater performance director has admitted to hitting on his students and even having sex with them.
Matthew Madden, 25, is being charged with enticing a minor, sexual assault and more after he admitted to having sex with at least one of his students at Sabrina’s Encore Productions.
His arrest comes after a complaint that he engaged in inappropriate conversations with a juvenile.
The investigation by the Newtown High School resource officer discovered that there were victims of Madden, who worked at Sabrina’s Encore Productions, dating back to 2011.
Text and Facebook messages released by police on Wednesday show Madden would start by randomly contacting the students, asking for permission to talk, and even hang out before pushing forward, asking “Have you ever been with an older guy? Where would you want to chill? Are you still a virgin?"
If the girls seemed interested, Madden would then try to set a time to meet. Madden admits he had sex with one girl in 2014.
Police said he nearly had sex with another one, offering to give her rides home, but she felt badly because she knew Madden was in a relationship.
According to the arrest warrant, he tried to downplay it, saying “you got to live your life. I know its cliché but you only live once. I can't die with regrets....No one would ever find out if you don’t want anyone to."
Police said Madden reached out to at least four girls, one as young as a freshman in high school.
He was busted after one spoke up to a school resource officer. Parents said they are shocked by the admissions.
“Disgusting. I don't like to see that, there's a lot of young families in this neighborhood and it's just terrible,” said Diana Reiff, of Newtown.
“At 25 years old, he should realize that what's he's doing is wrong,” said George Smith of Easton.
Madden reportedly told police he thought he had the urges under control.
Officials at Sabrina’s had no comment for Eyewitness News.
To read Madden's statement to police, click here.
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