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New London School Employee Fired After Child Porn Arrest

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    New London School Employee Fired After Porn Arrest

    A New London school employee has been fired and other school staff put on leave after the employee was arrested on risk of injury and child porn charges.

    (Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019)

    A New London schools employee is out of a job Monday after he was arrested twice, according to a spokesperson for the school district.

    Corriche Gaskin, 35, is facing multiple charges including multiple counts of risk of injury to a child, illegal possession of child pornography, second degree sexual assault and voyeurism with malice.

    An unsealed warrant cited a minor, whom police call Victim #1, who said Gaskin showed her three sexually explicit videos from his cell phone during the 2016 to 2017 school year.

    The alleged victim identified three people in the videos, two adult staff members and an eighth grade student. All admitted to having sexual encounters with Gaskin during that school year, according to those documents. One of the staff members said said while she worked as a teacher at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, Gaskin attempted to initiate sexual activity inside the school “specifically inside a lower level supply closet and multiple times in her classroom.”

    Gaskin worked at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School as a behavioral specialist at the time, according to the arrest warrant.

    Because Gaskin allegedly showed the minor multiple sexually explicit videos, he was charged with risk of injury to a child.

    According to other court paperwork, an arrest warrant and a search warrant are sealed that coincide with several other charges.

    Gaskin was transferred in the summer 2018 to Harbor Elementary School where he worked as a climate specialist, according to Tyler Olson, a spokesperson for New London Public Schools.

    The district confirmed four employees from New London Schools were placed on paid administrative leave related to the Gaskin situation.

    New London Schools Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie wrote the school community that there have been district-sponsored conversations, parents who stepped up, and support tools in the schools as the school community begins to heal.

    In the letter, Ritchie announced Maureen Bransfield will serve as the interim director of Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School campus and oversee the entire campus.

    “I want to stress our commitment to providing safe spaces where children and families can work hand in hand to collectively develop solutions that highlight the greatness of the New London community. There are many, many amazing people who care deeply about you, your child/ren and the success of the district,” Ritchie said in the statement.

    Board of Education member Jason Catala said the superintendent is doing the best she can with a mess she inherited.

    “I feel like the superintendent of schools has done a really nice job of putting her team together. So at this point in the game I think every child in our school system is safe,” Catala said.

    At policy committee meeting for the Board of Education tomorrow, Catala said hiring policies will be on the table and they need to be tighter.

    We reached out to Gaskin's attorney who said he doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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