Ex-Prep School Dean Accused of Sex Assault

The Dean of Students at the Gunnery, a ritzy and prestigious private school in Washington, Conn., has left the school and heading to court on allegations of sexually assaulting three people, at least one of whom is a student. 

In late June, a student told his mother that a teacher brought him to the teacher's room and "touched him inappropriately," police sources told the Hartford Courant. The alarmed mom then called state police, who searched the teacher's dorm and sent evidence to the state forensics lab.

The accused teacher was Robert Reinhardt, 44, who was also the Dean of Students at the school. 

As state police investigated, they learned there were three victims, state police said.   

Reinhardt was arraigned Wednesday in Bantam Superior Court on charges including second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13.  Bond was set at $250,000 and he was released.

According to court records, Reinhardt is accused of assaulting three victims.

A Gunnery spokesman told the Waterbury Republican-American that Reinhardt no longer works at the prep school. 

"The school first learned in June of an allegation regarding inappropriate contact between a member of the faculty and a student," Gunnery Head of School Susan Graham said in a statement issued Tuesday to the Republican-American. The matter was reported to Connecticut child welfare authorities immediately, Graham said in the statement.

A school spokesperson would not confirm that Reinhard's departure is linked to the allegations, though Gunnery spokesman Patrick Dorton confirmed that in a published report Wednesday, the Danbury News-Times reports.

 Reinhardt is due back in court on Sept. 1 and is to have no contact with any of the victims, had to turn over his passport and is not to have any contact with the students at the school.

All of the paperwork is sealed.

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