September 2018

Police Investigation Regarding Child Abuse

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On May 22, The Office of the Chief of Police was notified by staff of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) that an allegation had been reported to DCF which involved members of the Suffield Public School District.

The complaint under DCF investigation alleged that several school administrators and members of senior leadership of the Suffield Public School District, including the Superintendent, had failed to report an act of suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Families as required by Connecticut law.

Connecticut General Statute §17a-101 defines which persons and occupations are mandated reporters and requires that mandated reporters are required to report or cause a report to be made when, in the ordinary course of their employment or profession, they have reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a child under the age of 18 has been abused, neglected or is placed in imminent risk of serious harm.

Upon receiving this information, an immediate investigation was initiated by the Suffield Chief of Police. Both the Suffield Board of Education and the Suffield Public School District are cooperating fully with police leadership and investigators.

The safety and security of our children is paramount to both the Suffield Police Department and the Town of Suffield. This comprehensive investigation is ongoing and the findings of this process will determine the actions and outcome to be undertaken by this department.

All media inquiries for further information regarding this police investigation should be directed to the Suffield Police Public Information Officer, Captain Christopher McKee, as provided above.

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