Hartford Teacher on Paid Leave After Cape Cod Arrest

A 23-year-old teacher in Hartford is on paid leave since September after facing charges out of state for being arrested in Cape Cod.

Travis Marks was arrested by the Barnstable, Massachusetts Police Department on Sept. 6, 2015. The Hartford Public School District placed him on paid administrative leave from his teach position at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School on Sept. 14, 2015.

According to a criminal complaint from Barnstable's District Court, obtained by the Troubleshooters, marks is now charged with assault and battery, strangulation or suffocation and indecent assault. 

"If you have those charges, you're an angry person and you shouldn't work with kids," Adrian Caban, a father of five in the district, said.

Another parent of the district, Tania Barton, also said: "You're joking? A teacher? Yeah, that's not good, not good at all. I hope he's not at work still, he was fired, right?"

Marks is still earning his $48,000 salary while his case goes through the court system. 

Over the phone, Marks told NBC Connecticut that he had no comment. A district spokesperson said they don't comment on personnel matters. 

"I think everyone should've been notified," Caban said. "Given a heads up."

The Troubleshooters reached out to Mark's attorney today but have not heard back.

Marks is slated for a pre-trial hearing in Barnstable district court for Feb. 1. 

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