Meriden man, Hartford magnet school teacher sentenced in student assault

Meriden man, Hartford magnet school teacher sentenced in student assault

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MERIDEN — A teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts was sentenced to four months in prison after police said he had a sexual relationship with a student when she was 14 years old. 

Brian Marshall, 28, of 171 Evergreen Lane, Meriden, was charged on Aug. 17, 2018 with second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. According to court records, he previously pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault. 

On Monday, Marshall was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after four months to serve, followed by 10 years’ probation. The conditions of the probation include no contact with the victim, no unsupervised contact with minors, sex offender evaluation and treatment, and mental health evaluation.

According to the clerk, Marshall does not have to register as a sex offender after his attorney applied for an exemption, which was granted.

On Dec. 13, 2017, administrators at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts became aware of an alleged sexual relationship between Marshall and a student, according to Marshall’s arrest warrant. The allegations came from “several other students who had become aware of the relationship,” the warrant said.

During an interview with authorities, the student said Marshall was her seventh grade teacher and became her coach, the warrant said. The student said the relationship became “more intense” over a few years, and became physical in February 2017.

The student spent the night at Marshall’s home several times, telling her parents she was staying at a friend’s home, the warrant said. Police used cell phone records and obtained DNA samples during the investigation.
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