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Ex-Fairfield Ludlowe teacher charged with having sex with student

Connecticut Post
Updated 9:46 pm, Friday, November 1, 2013

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  • This booking photo provided by the Fairfield Police Department shows former Fairfield Ludlowe High School teacher Glenn Mishuck, of Bridgeport, Conn. Mishuck, 47, was arrested and charged Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 with sexual assault after an investigation determined he had a sexual relationship with an under-aged female student. Photo: Fairfield Police / Associated Press

    This booking photo provided by the Fairfield Police Department shows former Fairfield Ludlowe High School teacher Glenn Mishuck, of Bridgeport, Conn. Mishuck, 47, was arrested and charged Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 with sexual assault after an investigation determined he had a sexual relationship with an under-aged female student.

    Photo: Fairfield Police

 

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A former Fairfield Ludlowe High School teacher has been charged with having sex numerous times with an underage female student from the school.

Glenn Mishuck, 47, of Ellsworth Street in Bridgeport, was charged Thursday with 17 counts of second-degree sexual assault for what police said was the number of sexual encounters he had with the student between July and September of this year. Text messages between teacher and student were used by investigators to uncover the relationship, police said.

Mishuck's arrest is the second within a week involving former Fairfield school personnel having sexual relations with teenagers.

Morgan V. Frawley, 25, of Soundview Avenue, a former substitute teacher in Fairfield schools and a youth group leader at a New Canaan church, was charged with risk of injury to a minor by New Canaan police, who said she had sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy in that town.

Fairfield police, however, said there was no record of any similar complaints against Frawley in Fairfield.

Under state law, any applicants for a job in the public schools must be fingerprinted, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Karen Parks said. The fingerprints are then sent to the FBI and State Police for record checks. Applicants are also checked against the state's sex offender registry and their personal references are called, Parks said.

Regarding the Mishuck case, Parks said, "There are always things that slip through the cracks, but I don't think there was in this case -- at least that we know of."

Before being hired in Fairfield, Mishuck had taught in Satmford.

Stamford public schools spokeswoman Sharon Beadle confirmed that Mischuk was employed in the city's schools 1993 to 2000, and that he left the job of his own accord. The district does not release information about any disciplinary problems a teacher may have had, she said.

The investigation into Mishuck was triggered when police detectives received information last month that there may have been an inappropriate relationship between a Fairfield Ludowe teacher and student.

The student is still a student at the school, sources indicated.

Detective Beth Irizarry, assigned to the Fairfield Police Youth Bureau, investigated the case.

The investigation included numerous interviews and collection of electronic evidence to support the allegations against Mishuck, police said.

Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, the department spokeswoman, declined to reveal the contents of electronic evidence gathered, but said, "most of it was based on text message correspondence between the two."

Irizarry completed an arrest warrant application, which was granted and returned to the department Wednesday.

According to a statement from Superintendent of Schools David Title's office, Mishuck, who taught English, was placed on paid administrative leave in September as soon as school officials were notified of the investigation. He resigned from the district Oct. 7.

School officials refused to make any further comment on Mishuck, his employment or the investigation.

Lussier said suspicions about the alleged relationship were first brought to school officials' attention, and police and the state Department of Children and Families were immediately notified.

Lussier said when Mishuck was made aware of the investigation, he immediately hired a lawyer and refused, through the lawyer, to provide a statement to police.

Board of Education Vice Chairwoman Pam Iacono said the board is made aware when a teacher is placed on leave, but they are not given the detail. "The board is generally notified if there is a personnel issue, but not the details in case a grievance is filed," she said. Grievances can come before the board and it is important the members remain unbiased.

Divorce papers were filed by Mishuck and his wife Kim M. Mishuck of Beagle Trail in Sandy Hook on May 30 in Bridgeport Superior Court. They were representing themselves in a "no fee party" divorce. The divorce was granted on Aug. 23 by Judge Howard Owens.

Irizarry said tat in Connecticut, the student-teacher relationship is considered "sacred" with an enormous amount of responsibility and trust. Children grow up expecting their teachers to protect them, she said.

"When it crosses over into a sexual relationship, what we see is the student takes responsibility for the relationship ... They take on the guilt, and the most common side effect is depression." It can make it difficult for them to trust authority figures in the future, or even look to them for relationships, Irizarry said.

The student will also believe it was their choice to enter into the sexual relationship, Irizarry said.

Irizarry said she just doesn't know why some teachers will enter into a sexual relationship with a student, knowing that no matter the student's age, it is against the law. She also, she said, doesn't feel bad when such a teacher ends up behind bars.

Some postings about Mishuck, a former Ludlowe baseball coach, on the "Rate My Teacher" website, and comments from some former students indicate that his temper would flare occasionally, though he still was generally well-liked teacher. One of the posting even mentions an affair with a 17-year-old student.

"This dude is a jacka**, he literally has flipped two desks onto students when I was right there. The kids were in the desks as well, then he would say "whatever happens in the class stays there." Absolute bs. Just a bad man overall who thought he had much more power than he really did. OH and recently he had an affair with a 17 year old girl, NICE JOB MAN REAL SMART MOVE! thanks for nothing," wrote one student.

Another student wrote that Mishuck -- "Mish" to his students -- "knows how to keep his students under control" and that he is a great teacher.

Still another acknowledged his outbursts:"Some people really, really don't like his intensity and occasional outbursts, but I think that those people are lame. Mish cares a lot about his students, about the subject he teaches, and is one of the most unique and interesting teachers I've had at FLHS."

The intimidation, like the flipping of desks, a student wrote are intentional. "took AP Lang with Mishuck. He's intelligent, funny, and usually pretty easy going. He intentionally intimidates students with displays of temper so that people will take him seriously which is disco"

But one student said Mishuck is not a "quality" teacher and was more interested in baseball than English. "Everyone has priorities, but his actively harm his students."

Mishuck surrendered early Thursday at police headquarters. His bond was set at $150,000 and court date for arraignment is Nov. 12, but instead he was scheduled to appear later Thursday in Bridgeport Superior Court because he did not make bond.