WOLCOTT, Conn (WTNH) — A Wolcott teacher has been arrested in a sexual assault case.

In May, police received a complaint from a student against 49-year-old Michael Forgione, a physical education teacher at Wolcott High School.

Once a complaint was received, Forgione, of Plantsville, was immediately suspended with pay.

After an investigation with the Waterbury States Attorneys Office, a warrant was granted for his arrest.

Forgione turned himself in on Thursday afternoon. 

He was charged with sexual assault in the fourth degree, risk of injury to a minor. and breach of peach in the second degree.

His bond was set at $10,000, and he bonded out late Thursday.

He is due in court on September 12.

His attorney, Ioannis Kaloidis, released the following statement:

Mr. Forgione is innocent of all the baseless charges that have been leveled against him. Mr. Forgione intends to fight all the charges vigorously and looks forward to being vindicated at the end of what we anticipate will be a long and painful process.

Mr. Forgione cooperated fully with the investigation, meeting with both the Wolcott Police and the Department of Children and Families. Mr. Forgione was cleared of any wrongdoing by DCF as the allegations against him were unsubstantiated. We are shocked and deeply disappointed that the Waterbury States Attorney’s office elected to pursue these baseless and uncorroborated allegations. Despite dozens of people being present when this alleged incident occurred, no one saw anything. No one saw anything because nothing happened.

Mr. Forgione has been a teacher and coach for over 20 years and has never been accused of any misconduct. It is truly a tragedy that a man’s career and livelihood can be put at risk based on one single, uncorroborated false allegation. Mr. Forgione will be vindicated.