Former Plainfield teacher arrested again on sexual assault charges

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A former Plainfield middle school teacher charged in October with sexually assaulting a former student and engaging in “inappropriate behavior” with other teens was arrested again late last month on similar charges also involving a juvenile.

Craig McCue, of North Stonington, was charged on Dec. 29 by state police with fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, according to an arrest warrant application filed at Troop E in Montville.

The arrest stemmed from previous statements made by a former Plainfield Central School student who told Plainfield police McCue drove him to a North Stonington gas station sometime between September 2020 and February and pressured him to show his penis, the report states.

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The student said McCue, who was the boy’s freshman history teacher at the time, displayed his own genitalia and groped the teen’s scrotum, state police said. The boy said McCue on a different occasion in Moosup touched his penis, an allegation that led to his arrest by Plainfield police on numerous charges.

McCue, 31, was charged in October by Plainfield police with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and seven counts of risk of injury. Police said McCue had “several inappropriate” relationships over a period between September 2020 and May with three minors, including the alleged victim cited in the new state police arrest documents.

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All the alleged victims were under the age of 16 and were either Plainfield students or players McCue oversaw while working as a basketball coach at North Stonington’s Wheeler High School.

McCue resigned from the Plainfield school system last year after being notified of the police investigation and had been fired from his North Stonington job since January 2020 after allegedly admitting to buying three members of the basketball team condoms and engaging them in sexual conversations, police said.

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No charges have been levied in the North Stonington incident, though it was reported to the state Department of Children and Families.

Plainfield police said they independently learned of the state investigation into McCue involving the North Stonington students sometime after the department's own May investigation began.

The Plainfield police investigation into McCue was prompted by a parent complaint – not because of any formal prior knowledge of the North Stonington issue, officials said.

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Plainfield Superintendent Paul Brenton previously said the district acted “decisively on two separate occasions” when investigations into McCue began by removing him from the classroom and putting him on leave.

“The first occurred in January (2020) when the state notified us of their investigation, and the second when the state and the Plainfield Police Department investigated separate charges in May,” Brenton wrote. “Three days after being suspended in May, the teacher resigned.”

Brenton said McCue was reinstated to his job in late February after Plainfield administrators were notified the state had closed its January investigation and McCue had been fired from his coaching job.

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State police said cell phone messages obtained during their investigation showed texts between McCue and several juveniles in March, April and May in which McCue tells the boys to delete messages so that no one “gets in trouble,” the warrant application states.

Police said other texts during the same timeframe include McCue – who was then still employed by the Plainfield school system - telling juveniles that he “loves and misses them,” according to the application.

DCF officials have not disclosed what conclusion was reached in the North Stonington investigation.

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McCue, who has not yet pleaded to any of the charges he faces, is free on combined bonds of $200,000 and is due to be arraigned on the state police charges in New London’s GA 10 court on Jan. 12. He is scheduled to appear next in Danielson Superior Court on Jan. 14 in connection with the Plainfield police cases.

John Penney can be reached at jpenney@norwichbulletin.com or at (860) 857-6965

This article originally appeared on The Bulletin: New charges for ex-Plainfield teacher accused of teen's sexual assault

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