School Officials Seek Special Probation in Sex Case

Two Stamford school administrators are seeking a special form of probation on charges that they failed to report a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student.

Stamford High School principal Donna Valentine and assistant principal Roth Nordin asked a judge to accept them into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program for first-time offenders on Tuesday. Defendants who successfully complete the program have their criminal records expunged.

The two are accused of violating a law that requires school officials to report any suspected relationship between and adult and a student.

Prosecutors said they knew of the relationship between an 18-year-old student and 32-year-old Danielle Watkins, of Norwalk, who was charged with sexual assault in July.

Police said Watkins gave the student drugs and sex and threatened to fail him if he told anyone or ended the relationship. Watkins pleaded not guilty and has been placed on administrative leave.

Authorities began investigating Valentine and Nordin in August. They appeared in court Tuesday.

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