Ex-Teacher’s Aide Pleads Not Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Boy

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Stratford Police

A woman who worked as a teacher's aide, then a teacher, in Stratford until she was fired has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a boy over a two-year-span.

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 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 his 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, he learned Sulzicki was pregnant and said 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, as well as clothing, according to police.

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.

School administrators placed her on administrative leave when the allegations surfaced, then fired her.

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

She appeared in court on Thursday and officials from the court clerk's office said she is due back in court on Dec. 3.

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