An English teacher from Connecticut, Allison Marchese, 39, has been sentenced to three years in prison after harassing and stalking several students, performing sex acts in classrooms and trying to buy their secrecy, posting x-rated photographs on twitter where they could be seen by students, and a number of other lewd acts.
She had been charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. This could have resulted in her serving 20 years, however, last November she pled guilty to reduced charges. She admitted to being guilty of two counts of first-degree unlawful restraint, two of second-degree reckless endangerment, one of second-degree harassment and one of second-degree threatening. She has been sentenced to three years, five years of probation, and has to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
One of the students had told the police and the judge that Marchese called him into a classroom when he was 17 years old, locked the door, and proceeded to touch his genitals. The student freaked out about what happened and requested Marchese to pay him for his silence.
Marchese’s husband also worked as a teacher in the same school. He filed for divorce three weeks after the scandal broke.
Another 14 year old student said that Marchese would message him repeatedly on Instagram and tell him that she “couldn’t concentrate” because the student “was too good looking.”
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One of the students, 17, had told police that Marchese called him to her classroom where they kissed.
He also said that she then started touching him “downtown.”
Marchese, whose husband Robert taught at the same school, then locked the door when he entered.
He told police officers that she then closed the blinds and performed a sex act on him.
After the incident he “freaked” out and told Marchese that she should pay him AUD$260 to not tell anyone about what had happened.
But the teacher then threatened him, claiming “her father was an abusive man who had spent time in jail and had contacts in the Mafia.”
Marchese had earlier sent him “weird” sexual messages, the court heard.
She had also shared partially nude photos on Instagram, which could be viewed by other students.
She claimed that one of the X-rated selfies she sent to a student was meant for her husband and she “did not know how a student would have got it”.
Another pupil said Marchese started messaging him “nonstop” when he was 14 through Instagram.
Marchese said she “couldn’t concentrate during class because he was so good-looking and she could not sleep at night because she was thinking about him.”
Marchese would call him and ask for him “to come to her room and talk with her.”
He repeatedly asked her to stop, and claimed she replied: “I know when to stop, I know when to move on, but ‘I know’ is different from ‘I can.’ ”
In January 2015 Marchese was suspended after the allegations surfaced at Daniel Hand High in Madison, Connecticut.