Teacher's Aide Accused of Sexually Assaulting Student Fired

A Stratford teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting a boy over a two-year-span has been fired.

Stratford police arrested Michelle Sulzicki, 28, on Oct. 14, weeks after a teenage boy came forward with details about more than a dozen alleged sexual encounters and said he feared he might be the father of her baby, according to police.

“On Friday, October 16, 2015, a letter of termination was sent from me to Michelle Sulzicki. The details of the arrest warrant provided to me by the Stratford Police Department were sufficient grounds for termination of the Chapel Street teacher, Stratford Superintendent Janet Robinson said in a written statement. "While Ms. Sulzicki does have avenues available to her to counter these claims within 10-days of her termination, therefore, I am hopeful that as of, October 26, 2015 she will no longer be employed in our district.

On Sept. 24, a student, who is now in high school, sought out help and said he had sexual intercourse, as well as oral sex and anal sex, between 15 and 20 times, when Sulzicki tutored him at home in sixth and seventh grade, according to court records.

The teen said he was 12 when the sex started and Sulzicki sometimes brought condoms for him to wear, but not always, according to the affidavit.

Soon after the last sexual encounter, learned Sulzicki was pregnant and he was not sure if he was the father, according to court documents.

When police questioned Sulzicki, she first denied having a sexual relationship with the victim, then admitted to having sex with him once in his bedroom when he was in sixth grade, the affidavit says.

She went on to tell police that she did not charge the boy's family for the tutoring sessions and admitted to buying him gifts and clothing, according to police.

Sulzicki was placed on administrative leave when the allegations surfaced, and Robinson said last week that she was moving toward terminating Sulzicki's employment.

A spokesperson said on Monday that school officials sent Sulzicki a termination letter on Friday. 

Sulzicki had been with the school district since 2010, first as a teacher's aide, then as a teacher for the last three years, most recently, at Chapel Street Elementary School.

Sulzicki was charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact with a minor and risk of injury to a minor.

She is due in court on Nov. 3, according to online court records.

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