WTIC1080
Shooting At Medical Center Near Philadelphia: A doctor is among the victims. Read More

Local News

Charter School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

View Comments
Jeffrey M. Francis (Wallingford Police Photo)

Jeffrey M. Francis (Wallingford Police Photo)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

Wallingford Police say a teacher at a New London charter school has been arrested on sexual assault charges involving a minor.

Jeffrey M. Francis, 23, of Durham was arrested early Wednesday at his home, said police. He is charged with two counts each of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Police say the arrest follows a complaint on Sunday from a parent of the alleged victim.

Police say Francis and the juvenile met in a social networking chat room in April of last year and the relationship progressed to the point where they began meeting in-person in January.  Francis opened a private account on Facebook under a pseudonym name with the sole purpose of communicating with the minor, said police.

Francis is a teacher at the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication in New London, according to police.

He was held on $100,000 bond pending arraignment Wednesday in Meriden Superior Court.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus