A former high school english teacher from Connecticut accused of sexual misconduct with two teen students has been sentenced to prison
Allison Marchese, 39, was sentenced to three years in prison after causing immeasurable damage to two students she badgered for sex with nude selfies and explicit texts.
Marchese was initially charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury or impairing the morals of a child. But last November she pleaded guilty to a string of charges including two counts of first-degree unlawful restraint, two of second-degree reckless endangerment, one of second-degree harassment and one of second-degree threatening.
According to court records, Marchese struck up relationships with two teens directly under the nose of her husband, Robert Marchese, 39, who not only taught at the same school but also in the same English department.
Harmless? This 'selfie' of Marchese 'dressed in only thong style underwear with her breast covered and her midriff exposed' was sent to a student
In the arrest warrant affidavit, a 17-year-old who told police he received a selfie of Marchese scantily dressed. The 17-year-old went on to say Mrs Marchese sent him a message through Instagram to come to her classroom. He excused himself from a different class by pretending he needed to use the restroom and headed to Room 347 where Mrs Marchese was allegedly waiting.
'Once in the room, they got into each other's personal space and started to 'hook up' which he described as kissing each other and she then started touching him 'downtown,'' the affidavit said.
Fearing it was 'not safe,' Marchese 'locked the classroom door and closed the blinds.' She then performed a sex act on him, the affidavit said.
The teen said he “freaked” out after the encounter and was desperate to end the relationship by pretending to blackmail Marchese, telling her that he would stay silent about their relationship if she gave him $200.
In response, she claimed her father was “an abusive man” and “in the Mafia” who would make sure he 'would never play football again,' if he told anyone.
The student finally gave in and reported the incident to the principal. Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families was also involved in the investigation.
Media message: At one point Marchese messaged the teen through Instagram to come to her classroom. The teen told the teacher whose class he was in at the time he had to use the bathroom and went to see Marchese
The affidavit also says a 15-year-old student told police Marchese said she “couldn’t concentrate during class because he was so good-looking and she could not sleep at night because she was thinking about him.” The younger teen said Marchese messaged him “nonstop” with X-rated text messages and selfies, a court heard.
Judge Melanie Cradle told Marchese: “You were a teacher and you were in a position of trust. And the bottom line here is the victims are kids and were their teacher.
“A person who is engaged in the noble profession of shaping lives, values and thought processes of our youth.
“It’s certainly a gift you should’ve taken more seriously.”
In her defence, her lawyer William Dow III told the court: “This happened in a very, very tough time in Marchese’s life.
“It’s incorrect to portray her as someone who lacks remorse.”
JAILED: Allison Marchese has been jailed for three years