Police say Dale Kukucka strangled a woman and sexually assaulted her
State police arrested a 35-year-old Andover man on sexual assault charges and said he is a teacher in the Bloomfield school system.
Authorities took Dale Kukucka, of Hebron Road in Andover, into custody around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Police said the incident happened in East Haddam on Oct. 20 and did not involve the school.
The victim said Kukucka went into the women's bathroom during a Fife and Drum Muster event at Grange Hall and assaulted her.
Two people told police they heard a struggle, went into the bathroom and saw the victim unconscious with Kukucka crouching over her, according to court documents.
Kukucka was charged with third-degree sexual assault, strangulation in the second degree, first-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree criminal attempt to commit sexual assault and third-degree assault.
Court documents said Kukucka was involved in another incident in 2012 in which he was accused of kissing an 18-year-old girl against her will and attempting to assault her.
The Bloomfield School District put Kukucka on paid leave. They hired him in August and conducted a background check.
Glastonbury police also arrested his earlier this year on a DUI charge. He was arrested at 8:13 p.m. on St. Patrick's and charged with DUI, following too closely and operating an unregistered vehicle.
He is being held on $500,000 bond and will be arraigned today in Middletown.
NBC Connecticut reached out to the superintendent's office and did not immediately receive a response.
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