New London police held a news conference on Friday afternoon to address the arrests of two New London Public Schools employees who have been charged with sexual assault and said the investigation is complex and it is ongoing.
“The investigation is ongoing. We are a long way from being concluded. We continue to follow up on information and tips that we have received. The investigation is complex and just when we believe we have a true handle on it, there is additional information that is received which requires us to exercise our due diligence and follow up on it,” Captain Brian Wright, the investigative services division commander for the New London Police Department, said.
On Thursday, police said they arrested 25-year-old Jevon Elmore, of New London, in association with an ongoing investigation involving New London Public School employees. Police said Elmore was hired in the summer of 2018 as a paraprofessional and has worked at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School and the high school.
Elmore was charged with sexual assault in the second degree. During a news conference on Friday, police said the case didn’t involve a staff member. Police said the warrant is sealed and they have disclosed limited information on the allegations.
Bond for Elmore was set at $150,000.
The was the second arrest of a New London school employee on sexual assault charges this month and Wright said they got to the arrest of Elmore through their investigation into Corriche Gaskin, 35, who worked at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School as a behavioral specialist.
He was arrested and charged with multiple counts of risk of injury to a child, illegal possession of child pornography, second degree sexual assault and voyeurism with malice.
When asked about any connections between the two cases Wright said “they were both employed by the New London public school system and they engaged in inappropriate and illegal activity.”
Both men were graduates of New London High School, where they were standout athletes, police said Friday.
Online court records say Gaskin is being held on $500,000 bond and he is due in court next on June 5.
In a statement, New London Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Richie called the situation "extremely disturbing" and said they are continuing to work police and DCF on the case.
"We will continue to actively support students, staff and families through our multi-tiered support systems. Any staff who is not displaying the highest moral, ethical and professional standards will continue to be held accountable through discipline and termination," she wrote.
School district officials previously said four employees from New London Schools were placed on paid administrative leave related to the investigation into Gaskin.
Wright says the school district’s policies, which led to placing employees on administrative leave, are different than police policies.
“That has nothing to do with our investigation in the New London Police Department. That is their own individual protocol,” Wright said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the New London Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 860-447-1481 or submit anonymous information through the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).