NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A special education teacher in New Haven is under arrest, after police say he sexually assaulted three students.
Police say in all three cases, the victim was younger than thirteen at the time of the alleged assaults.
A teacher at a New Haven public school is accused of doing the unthinkable. Robert Schmitt won't be allowed back in the classroom. He's been charged with three counts of sexual assault.
Police say the alleged incidents occurred during the 2011 to 2012 school year.
"You wouldn't expect this from a teacher, but this day and time, I'm really not surprised by too much that goes on," said Margo Wilson Butcher, a grandmother.
The alleged sexual assault happened at the MicroSociety Magnet school. The former special education teacher is accused of inappropriate conduct with three students.
"I'm very alarmed, like I said I have a first grader, and you don't expect that to go on at school," said Nicole Gibbs, a parent.
The school sent a letter to parents.
"As soon as as the accusations came to light last year, the teacher was immediately removed from the building and suspend pending an investigation by the state department of children and families," read Gibbs.
The superintendent of schools, Garth Harries released this statement, it reads in part:
"The safety and wellbeing of our students must be the absolute top priority for the school district and our staff… In this case the principal acted immediately to remove the teacher once allegations were made. We reported the incident, cooperated fully with DCF and police and are moving forward with termination proceedings."
Still, parents News 8 spoke with say they're outraged how the school handled things.
"This is the first time I've heard about this and he's been in this school for three years, so this is pretty shocking," said a parent.
Schmitt is out of jail on a $150,000 bond.
News 8 tried to get in touch with him for comment, but there was no answer.
Some parents are uneasy about sending their kids back to school.
"I expect them to protect my child while they are in their care," said Gibbs.
Parents want answers. They want to know why it took so long for them to be notified that this was allegedly going on.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- New Haven police have arrested a special education teacher, who they say sexually assaulted three students.
Robert Schmitt, 48, of Hamden, was working at the MicroSociety Magnet School.
Police say he sexually assaulted the three students during the 2011-2012 school year.
The alleged victims are a 12-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl, and a 12-year-old boy.
School officials say Schmitt was suspended as soon as they found out about the allegations and they're in the process of firing him.
The investigation into the first incident began on April 29th, when a school social worker heard the allegation from a victim and reported it to police, DCF and the school's principal.
The principal then informed Schmitt of the allegation and escorted him from the property. He has not been back to the school since.
Police say a letter went home with students this week informing parents of the arrest.
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