Police: Meriden man posed as student, confronted by teacher

Police: Meriden man posed as student, confronted by teacher


MERIDEN —  A local man and former Maloney High School faces charges after police said he posed as a student to attend class with his 17-year-old brother. 

Vincent Pulcinella, 22, 201 Gravel St., was charged Friday with criminal impersonation, loitering on school grounds, disorderly conduct and conspiracy. 

His 17-year-old brother was charged as a juvenile with conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and conspiracy to commit loitering on school grounds. 

Pulcinella went to Maloney High School on Friday with his 17-year-old brother, who is a student there, according to police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay. 

As Pulcinella was sitting in class, a teacher asked who he was, and Pulcinella responded that he was a “new student,” McKay said. The teacher asked Pulcinella to come into the hallway, and after becoming suspicious she told him to wait while she called down to the office. When the teacher stepped into the classroom to make the call, Pulcinella fled.

In a statement released Wednesday, Superintendent Mark Benigni said the school’s camera system allowed staff to track Pulcinella’s entry and exit to the school. The school resource officer then left Maloney High School and located Pulcinella.

“Meriden Public Schools will continue to partner with the Meriden Police Department to ensure that our schools are safe places for students to learn and achieve success,” Benigni said.

Pulcinella was taken into custody at his home and released on $5,000 bond.

Lauren Sellew

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