Ex-Teacher Accused of ‘Wrestling' Teen Applies for Probation

A former Connecticut teacher who police said inappropriately wrestled with students has applied for a pretrial probation program.

The Connecticut Post reports 47-year-old Gregg Gustafson, of Stamford, is seeking to enter the program for charges of tampering with a witness and other offenses. Gustafson is also charged with fourth-degree sexual assault.

Police said Gustafson wrestled with a 19-year-old, his 15-year-old brother and their 14-year-old friend. Authorities said the former high school teacher grabbed the 14-year-old's crotch and strangled him with his coat.

Police said Gustafson later told the 19-year-old not tell police or school officials.

Gustafson's attorney has said his client denies any inappropriate contact.

Charges against Gustafson would be dismissed if he completes the program without committing any other offenses.

A hearing for the application is scheduled for June 5.

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