Choir Director, Former Teacher Accused of Sex Abuse


A church choir director and former teacher is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in Thomaston for more than a year.

David Stanco, 57, served as the choir director at United Methodist Church in Watertown, police said. He requested and leave of absence in March, the Waterbury Republican-American reports.

He is a former Catholic Christian Doctrine teacher at St. Thomas Parish in Thomaston, police said.

Thomaston police started investigating after receiving a complaint in March from a 16-year-old who alleged sexual abuse, police said. That complaint claims that Stanco began a connection with the victim when the victim was 15 and that led to abuse between early 2009 and March 2010, according to police.   

Stanco was arrested on Wednesday and arraigned in Bantam Superior Court. He was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to minor.  

Judge Corinne L. Klatt sealed the warrant detailing the circumstances leading to the arrest and ordered him, should he post bond, to stay away from children under the age of 16, the newspaper reports.

The Republican-American reports that he was taken to court from prison, where he has been under a suicide watch since attempting to kill himself last month.

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