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New Britain teaching assistant accused of sexting student

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Damon Sumter (New Britain Police) Damon Sumter (New Britain Police)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A teacher’s aide in New Britain is accused of sexting an underage student.

Police said 24-year-old Damon Sumter was arrested and charged with enticing a minor by computer, and risk of injury to a child.

Last September, police said the victim's mom was looking at her son's Facebook messages and couldn't believe it when she saw sexually explicit exchanges with an adult.

Sumter used to be a teacher's aide at Raymond Hill School on the campus of Klingberg Family Centers.

On Wednesday, he was arrested, accused of trying to entice a 15-year-old boy into having sexual relations with him. The teen is a student in the New Britain school district.

For about one month last fall, police said Sumter, who also goes by Damon Peterson, exchanged sexually explicit Facebook messages with the teen.

In the arrest warrant, it said "Damon Peterson advised your affiant that he told the victim he would buy him sneakers/footwear only if he (victim) performed oral sex on him and the victim agreed."

Peterson went on to say the sexual act never happened because they never had a chance to meet alone.

Sumter, a singer who has apparently appeared on a number of reality television singing competitions, is also accused of asking the boy to sleep over his house.

Sumter was immediately removed from his position at the Raymond Hill School while on the campus of Klingberg Family Centers when administrators learned of the allegations.

The alleged activity was unrelated to Sumter’s employment at Klingberg and did not involve any of their clients or students.

In a statement, Klingberg said “Klingberg goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of our children and youth, including careful screening of candidates for employment, clear policies and procedures regarding employee interactions with clients and students, and ongoing and in-depth training about acceptable employee-client boundaries.”

He is expected to appear in court on May 2.

Sumter's family members said there is no way he did something like this. He has no criminal history and was released on bond.

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