Meriden man, Berlin High School teacher found guilty of sexual assault involving student

Meriden man, Berlin High School teacher found guilty of sexual assault involving student



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MERIDEN — A city man and teacher at Berlin High School received a suspended prison sentence after he was found guilty of sexual assault on Friday. 

Michael Cwirka, 29, of 882 N. Colony Road Apt. 9, pleaded no contest to three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault in Meriden Superior Court on Friday. A judge found him guilty and Cwirka was sentenced to three years in prison, fully suspended, and three years of probation.

Conditions of Cwirka’s probation include a 10-year sex offender registration, submission to any treatment recommended by probation, and relinquishing his state teaching certificate.

On Feb. 12, 2018, Meriden police began investigating sexual assault allegations involving Cwirka and a student at Berlin High School, dating back to the 2016-17 academic year, according to Cwirka’s arrest warrant. 

Cwirka, who teaches math and is the head coach of the girls swim team, was placed on paid leave in February.  At that time, Berlin Superintendent of Schools Brian Benigni said the process to terminate Cwirka’s employment had been initiated. Benigni could not be reached for comment Friday.

The student, who disclosed the relationship to her therapist, said it occurred while she was 17 and a senior at the school, the warrant said. The investigation showed the reported sexual contact occurred in Meriden.

Cwirka was the student’s swim coach and class advisor. She told investigators about several instances of sexual contact, including incidents in February and March 2017, the warrant said.

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