Hartford magnet school teacher of Meriden charged with sexually assaulting student

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MERIDEN — A teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts faces charges after police said he had a sexual relationship with a student when she was 14 years old. 

Brian Marshall, 28, of 171 Evergreen Lane, was charged Friday with second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. 

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. 

Marshall was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Monday and released on $25,000 bond. His employment status could not immediately be confirmed, but an attorney representing Marshall said he is no longer teaching. The judge entered a protective order barring Marshall from any contact with the student. The case was continued to Sept. 18. An attorney representing the student was also present at the hearing. 

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