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Students react after Watertown teacher arrested

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Stanley Mikrut (Watertown police) Stanley Mikrut (Watertown police)
WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

A longtime history teacher is off the job for now after allegations surfaced claiming he inappropriately touched students in Watertown.

Last week, police arrested Stanley Mikrut, who was charged with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Some who know the accused teacher said they are standing by him, while others side with the two students, saying no one would or should lie about something so severe.

“I didn't know what to think of it. One of the girls on the team actually started to cry because she did have him and was so thrown off by it,” said Watertown High School student Danielle Jacovino. “From what I knew, everybody loved him. He was a nice guy, always with his students, helping out.”

Police said Mikrut inappropriately touched two students between November of last year and June of this year.

On Friday, police went to his Southbury home and made the arrest.

He was placed on administrative leave.

Superintendent of Schools Bridget Carnemolla said administrators are working closely with students and parents who may be affected, saying in a statement "I would like to state emphatically that behavior such as the alleged conduct of Mr. Mikrut will not be tolerated within the Watertown Public Schools."

The Department of Children and Families is also involved, and it is leaving parents to remind their children to not stay silent.

“I always told them that if anything makes them uncomfortable, it doesn't matter what it is, verbal, anything they need to talk to us,” said Watertown High School parent Darlene Jacovino.

Because of the holiday, Tuesday will be the first day back for Watertown High School students, and the debate that has sparked on social media will spill over into the school day.

“Most people are defending him right now, saying there's no way he did it. But there's also the people defending the fact that somebody that had that happen to them wouldn't lie about it, so it's going both ways right now,” Danielle Jacovino said.

Mikrut was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, and that is the least severe charge, but if it involves someone under 16, he could be charged with a felony.

“I was shocked to be honest, but unfortunately, in our society, we hear more and more about these things,” Darlene Jacovino said.

He was released on a $25,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Oct. 18.

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