4 Plymouth school staff members arrested for failing to report abuse

Published: Aug. 24, 2022 at 1:46 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2022 at 1:15 PM EDT
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PLYMOUTH, CT (WFSB) - A principal and three staff members of a school in Plymouth face charges for failing to report suspected abuse.

Sherri Turner, 59, of Farmington, Melissa Morelli, 45, of Plymouth, Rebecca Holleran, 47, of Bristol, and 59-year-old Chrystal Collins also of Bristol, were charged with “failure to report abuse, neglect or injury of a child or imminent risk of serious harm to a child.”

Collins is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Sept. 12.

Chrystal Collins was arrested for failing to report suspected abuse of a minor, according to...
Chrystal Collins was arrested for failing to report suspected abuse of a minor, according to Plymouth police.(Plymouth police)

Holleran is also set to face a judge in New Britain on Sept. 12.

Rebecca Holleran.
Rebecca Holleran.(Plymouth Police Department)

Turner and Morelli are scheduled to face a judge in New Britain on Sept. 7.

Sherri Turner and Melissa Morelli were charged with failing to report suspected abuse following...
Sherri Turner and Melissa Morelli were charged with failing to report suspected abuse following the arrest of a former teacher in Plymouth.(Plymouth police)

Turner was the principal at the time James Eschert was suspected of inappropriate contact with students at the Plymouth Center School.

She has been on leave since Nov. 2021.

Eschert faces multiple sexual assault charges.

He was arrested earlier this year.

James Eschert was arrested on Jan. 24, 2022.
James Eschert was arrested on Jan. 24, 2022.(Plymouth police)

In his arrest warrant, 13 victims described various acts of sexual abuse in the school. They also claimed complaints about the acts weren’t taken seriously.

The documents said three current employees and a former administrator were issued arrest warrants for failing to report any of it.

Wednesday, police identified Turner and Morelli as two of the current employees that were mentioned.

On Thursday, police identified Holleran as another employee that was mentioned.

Friday, Collins was identified as the remaining staff member.

All of the current employees were said to be on administrative leave.

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You can read the arrest warrants below: