Former Westport Teacher, Coach Pleads in Rape Case

A former swim coach and math teacher at Staples High School in Westport has pleaded guilty to raping two pre-teen girls.

Jeffrey Schare, 44, appeared Monday in the Fairfield Judicial District Superior Court in Bridgeport. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and illegal sexual contact with a victim, according to the state's judicial website.

However, he pleaded not guilty to aggravated sex assault of a minor under 13 years old, third-degree sex assault involving the use or threat of force, and two counts of attempting to commit third-degree sex assualt with the use or threat of force.

The Connecticut Post reports that he faces up to eight years in prison upon his sentencing.
Schare will appear in court again on Oct. 3.

Police say the assaults took place over a three-year period.

Schare was arrested on Dec. 17, 2012 after admitting his actions to the girls' mother and a friend, who went to police.

Police say the older girl also confided to a counselor at her school, who was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to report the abuse.

In January of last year, Schare was arrested again on charges of violating a protective order and criminal violation of a protective order after a Jan. 22, 2013 incident, but he pleaded not guilty to both.

Schare coached the boy's swimming and dive team at Staples High School for seven years.

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