A 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection with a sexual assault that took place at Torrington High School in December.
The teen, who was later identified as Andrew Cavallo-Gomes, was arrested on April 18. Cavallo-Gomes was charged with first-degree criminal attempt to commit sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor with sexual contact.
The arrest of Cavallo-Gomes comes after a reported sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl took place at Torrington High School, after school hours on Dec. 6, according to court documents.
Police said Cavallo-Gomes and the girl knew each other. According to court documents, the victim became friends with Cavallo-Gomes through the Air Force ROTC program at Torrington High School.
Court documents state that Gomes "repeatedly asked her for sex and was touching her" in the school hallway in "an unwanted sexual manner."
"Gomes had been trying to lift up her dress and make sexual advances on her while she was waiting for her father and also on the way to the stairwell," the court documents said.
Documents also state that the victim said she verbally and loudly told Gomes to stop what he was doing and said "no." The victim also "reported having to strike Gomes in order for this sexual assault to stop."
The court documents state that Gomes was spoken to by police "about social media and allegations of him sending nude photos of himself to fellow classmates."
Superintendent of Torrington Public School Denise L. Clemons said they "will not tolerate this type of conduct or any other inappropriate conduct toward any of our students."
"We will hold accountable any students who engage in such behavior. In the rare situations when we receive allegations of such conduct, we investigate the claim immediately, properly and thoroughly so that the rights of all students involved are fully respected," Clemons said in a statement.
When allegations similar to this occur, Clemons said the school will report them to police and the Department of Children and Families. In this recent incident, Clemons said the schools have conducted their own investigation and are cooperated fully with the police investigation.
"We educate students about appropriate and respectful behaviors and we take all appropriate steps, including student discipline, to prevent any recurrence of inappropriate conduct," Clemons said. "After an investigation, when we find that any students have in fact been treated inappropriately in any way, we take appropriate action to keep students safe and to hold the responsible students accountable."
Clemons said, due to federal laws, they cannot comment further on this incident.
"In closing, we wish to assure all members of the Torrington school community that the safety of our children is the District’s foremost concern and there are many policies and procedures in place to ensure the well-being of all our children," Clemons said.
Police said they would not comment any further on the case.
Gomes is expected to appear in court next month.
To read the arrest warrant, click here.
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