Former Ledyard teacher pleads not guilty in student sex case

Former Ledyard High School English teacher William C. Friskey pleaded not guilty to engaging in an illegal sexual relationship with a student when he made his first appearance Monday in the New London court where major crimes are tried.

Friskey, 36, who had worked for the school district since 2007, resigned his position July 2, two days after Ledyard police charged him with two counts of second-degree sexual assault. He is free on a $75,000 bond while his case is pending.

Superior Court Judge Hillary B. Strackbein reminded Friskey that there is a protective order in effect that forbids him from having contact with the alleged victim. The judge continued the case to Sept. 17, when defense attorney Peter Catania and prosecutor Theresa Anne Ferryman will begin discussing whether the case can be resolved short of trial.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit prepared by Detective Christopher Cadro, Superintendent Cathy Patterson called police on June 10 to report that a possible inappropriate relationship between a teacher at Ledyard High School and a female student had been brought to the attention of administrators.

Though the alleged victim is old enough to consent to a sexual relationship, it is illegal for school employees to have a sexual relationship with students. In an interview with Cadro and Lt. Michael Finkelstein, the alleged victim said she and Friskey became friendly when she took his English class and began emailing each other after school hours. She said their conversations became more personal and in September 2013 she began visiting his classroom, where they would be alone with the door closed, during lunch and after school. She said she began visiting him at home in East Lyme during the second semester. She said she went to his house about 10 times, telling her mother she was going to a friend’s house, and that they went bowling together and to breakfast and dinner.

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