Teacher of Waterbury high school accused of suspicious behavior involving student


A school administrator from Kennedy High School alerted Waterbury Police of suspected suspicious behavior between a teacher and a 16-year-old student.

The police conducted an investigation which resulted in the detectives obtaining an arrest warrant for Jeffrey D. Lucian, 49.

Lucian was arrested on Thursday evening and charged with Sexual Assault in the 4th degree.

Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools Dr. Verna Ruffin confirmed with News 8 Saturday morning that the teacher has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation into inappropriate conduct involving a High School student.

Parents are shocked and concerned at the charges.

Parent George Noujain, who’s also a Waterbury alderman said, “It’s absolutely disgusting that something like this can happen especially with a 16-year-old and you’re being a teacher making almost $90,000 a year and throwing your life away for something like this.”

Lucian was released on a $10,000 bond and will be arraigned on May 1.

Dr. Ruffin released this statement:
“The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority at all times. I appreciate the prompt work of school based staff and our partners in the Waterbury Police Department in this case. We are committed to working collaboratively in order to proactively maintain our schools as safe learning environments at all times.  Any deviations from our expectation for all staff to protect and secure our student’s safety will be fully investigated and dealt with accordingly.”

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