Daily Blotter – Jan. 12

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Dance Teacher Accused of Sexual Assault
A choreographer and instructor at a Capitol Theater Arts Academy has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile student. Whether she is still employed by the school is not known.

State police were investigating an unrelated case when they obtained information about complaint of sexual assaults, police said. The court issued an arrest warrant for Anastasia Gagnon, 20, Monday. She turned herself in to State Police, was processed and held on a $50,000 bond. She was taken to court in Rockville to be arraigned on a risk of injury to a minor charge and two counts of second-degree sex assault.

Priest's Sex-Assault Trial Begins Today Priest's Sex-Assault Trial Begins Today

A Naugatuck priest charged with assaulting a 15-year-old boy was in court Monday to stand trial. Robert Grant, 63, is accused of coercing the boy into performing sex acts in exchange for wine and cash. 

Grant is also accused of trying to confront the boy after learning about the sexual assault charges. 

Teacher's Aide Charged with Sexual Assault

A teacher's aide in Groton was in court Monday on charges of sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old male student.  Shanna Couture, 31, also provided two students with alcohol, police said. The Fitch High School student is of age, but Couture was charged because it's illegal for instructors to have sexual relationships with students.

According to the arrest warrant, Couture told Groton Town Police she met the victim while acting as his adviser for a school function. Couture was charged with second-degree sexual assault and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor. Couture has worked at the high school for two years, until she resigned last month.

Man Stands Trial over Ex-Girlfriend’s Cousin Death Man Stands Trial over Ex-Girlfriend’s Cousin Death Man Stands Trial over Ex-Girlfriend’s Cousin Death Man Stands Trial over Ex-Girlfriend’s Cousin Death

A Waterbury man’s trip overseas was cut short when he was arrested in a Miami airport last week but he got an express trip back to Connecticut – where he’ll face a judge about the death of his ex-girlfriend’s cousin.

Parasurama Rabindranauth, 26, shot Michal Sembhudyal to death in his home on Baldwin St. on Jan. 3, police said. Police said the shooting was apparently the result of a long-running feud between the two.

Rabindranauth took a bus to Florida, and was about to board a flight to his native Guyana five days ago, when he was caught, according to police. 

He was extradited to Connecticut, and is being held on $1 million bond.

Rabindranauth was scheduled to appear in court Monday. 

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