Stratford teacher arrested on sexual assault charges – Updated

Michelle-Sulzicki

Michelle-Sulzicki

Update: At a press conference, Police Chief Frank Ridenhour said Sulzicki and the male student had a relationship for at least three years and it began when the boy was 12 years old. Sulzicki was a teacher’s aide at the time.

Robinson said she was “outraged and appalled” at “these disturbing allegations being made regarding the inappropriate conduct of a teacher with one of our students.”

Sulzicki was with the district since 2010, but has only been a teacher for three years. Although they were in the same school at one time, Sulzicki was not the boy’s teacher, Robinson said.

Robinson said no impropriety between Sulzicki and the student took place on school grounds and it occurred after school hours.

“Nonetheless, there is zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” she said. “As educators, our mission is to protect and educate all students and to at all times act in their best interest.”

Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour speaks with reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. Behind him is Stratford Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson. — Melvin Mason photo

Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour speaks with reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. Behind him is Stratford Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson. — Melvin Mason photo

According to a wedding announcement published by The Star in February 2013, the former Michelle DelVecchio was listed as a graduate of Bunnell High School and Central Connecticut State University. She also received a master’s degree from Fairfield University.

According to the Superior Court clerk’s office, Sulzicki will next appear in court on Nov. 3.

Update at 5:50 p.m.: According to the affidavit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court, the Stratford Police school resource officer was advised by Bunnell High School Principal Nancy Dowling and BHS social worker Kathy Steglitz on Sept. 24 that the male student had talked to Steglitz about being sexually assaulted by a Chapel Street School employee. The student told Steglitz that he had sex with Sulzicki while in the sixth and seventh grades, when he was 12 and 13 years old. The boy told a social worker that he had sex with Sulzicki at his home several times. According to the affidavit, the boy told the social worker he had sex with Sulzicki “15 to 20 times” over about two years and would sometimes bring condoms for him to wear.

The boy said to a social worker that Sulzicki was pregnant shortly after the last time the had been together and was not sure he was the child’s father.

According to the affidavit, Sulzicki initially denied having a sexual relationship with the boy when she was interviewed on Sept. 28. She eventually admitted to having sex with the boy only once at his home when he was in the sixth grade going to the seventh grade. Sulzicki also said she communicated with the boy through texts and calls and admitted purchasing clothing and gifts for him. She also tutored the boy, but did not charge the boy’s family for that service, according to the court records. Sulzicki said the boy would always talk to her about watching adult movies and she would talk about the way she preferred to have sex. Police took a cell phone as evidence.

 

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A Chapel Street School teacher is facing sexual assault charges for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a student.

Police charged Michelle Sulzicki, 28, with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact with a minor, and risk of injury to a minor.

Police said the department was contacted on Sept. 24 by Stratford Public Schools regarding allegations of inappropriate conduct by an adult female with a juvenile victim. Police said Sulzicki was a teacher’s aide with the district. The information was later confirmed, police said.

Superintendent Janet Robinson said Sulzicki is a special education teacher at Chapel Street School. Robinson said Sulzicki had been a teacher at Chapel Street for about three years.

Robinson did not say anything about the student except that he is a student at another school. She has been on paid administrative leave since the incident was discovered.

Robinson said the student made a report to a social worker about what happened. Sulzicki turned herself in to police on Wednesday morning. She was ordered held on $100,000 and was transported to Bridgeport Superior Court.

Robinson said the district will move to having Sulzicki fired from the district.

Stay with the Stratford Star for more information with this story.

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