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Hartford school official under investigation

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Eduardo Genao. (Hartford Public Schools photo) Eduardo Genao. (Hartford Public Schools photo)

A high ranking school official with Hartford Public Schools is no longer employed following a police investigation.

The district said Eduardo Genao is under investigation and that he is fully cooperating with the investigation.

A reason for the investigation was not released by police.

The school district would only say that Genao was no longer employed by Hartford Public Schools as its executive director for compliance. He had been with the district since 2005.

In a statement, Hartford Public Schools said "Hartford Public Schools takes the safety of all children very seriously. The first official notification that the district received was on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 5th, from the Hartford Police Department and the district took immediate action. Dr. Aaron Lewis reached out on March 22 to one of our senior staff member with some information about the alleged incident. The staff member replied attempting to speak with Dr. Lewis, but they were unable to speak directly."

Eyewitness News is awaiting more information from the Hartford Police Department.

Dr Aaron Lewis is the head of the Scribes Institute in Hartford, which is a literacy organization. He said he told police that Genao, the former executive director of compliance for Hartford schools, was sending graphic text messages to a young girl whom he met at Bulkeley High School. Lewis told Eyewitness News that Genao was seated next to the girl and got her number to share photos of an event on race relations.

"Once he got her phone number an hour after he starts texting her, warming up to her and it goes from warming up texts to lure texts to sexually perverted texts to pornographic texts," Lewis said.

Lewis said he contacted the chief of staff in the superintendent's office about the matter two weeks ago, but after a brief exchange of texts, he never heard back from her.

"I sent a very detailed clear text that a child that has been inappropriately contacted and you need to get on this right away," Lewis said.

He then went to Hartford police, who contacted Hartford school officials, and Genao resigned on Tuesday.

Genao has held a variety of positions with the district over the past 11 years, and the most recent was an administrative job with adult education. Over the years he has held posts with contact with children.

While Genao has resigned, he has not been placed under arrest.

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