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Warrant: Canton Teacher Caught In Inappropriate Relationship With Student

A former Canton High School special education teacher accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student was caught because he left a hickey on the young woman’s neck, according to the warrant for his arrest.

Lindsey Barth, 30, was charged earlier this month with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault. He made his first appearance at Superior Court in Hartford on Tuesday. He previously posted $100,000 bail.

The young woman, who was 17 at the time of the alleged sexual assault, told police about her contact with Barth after she was confronted by a friend. The friend then told her parents, who also confronted her.

The victim told the friend and her parents about what happened, and then the parents contacted Canton police June 25.

According to the warrant, the victim told police that the inappropriate contact began about a month after Barth sent the young woman a text message wishing her a happy birthday.

The woman contacted Barth after having an argument with her parents and he asked if he could come over, according to the warrant. He drove from his Avon home to Canton and parked near the young woman’s house. They then drove around for a few hours and talked.

The woman said she met with Barth about eight times. On the second meeting, he kissed her, she said. The woman broke off the kiss because “it felt weird,” she told police.

About a week later Barth and the student met again and during the encounter he touched her intimate areas. Intimate contact continued multiple times until the night Barth left the hickey on her neck, which was the last time they met, according to the warrant. The woman told police she broke off all contact with Barth and deleted social media connections.

A few days after police tried unsuccessfully to contact Barth, he sent the woman a text message that read: “I don’t know if something happened or if you’re just ghosting me but if it’s something I did I’m super sorry.” The young woman’s father provided a screen shot of the text message to police.

Although the age of consent is 16 in Connecticut, it is illegal for school employees to have any sort of sexual contact with students.

Barth’s lawyer, Salvatore Bonanno of Hartford, said Tuesday he is still collecting and reviewing police reports in the case. “He denies any wrongdoing,” Bonanno said.

Barth resigned his position at Canton High School earlier this month.

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