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Case continued for Montville assistant principal charged in slapboxing case

March 18, 2019

Montville — The final case against a Montville school administrator charged last year with failing to report classroom fighting has been continued until May.

Montville High School Assistant Principal Tatiana Patten, 59, was initially scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court on Monday, but attorneys are still discussing the case, according to her lawyer, Drzislav “Dado” Coric. Coric said Monday that Patten’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 6.

Along with former Superintendent Brian Levesque and high school Principal Jeffrey Theodoss, Patten was charged last April with failing to report suspected abuse under the state’s mandated reporter law after state police accused former substitute teacher Ryan Fish of supervising classroom slapboxing matches in the fall of 2017.

The cases against Levesque and Theodoss were dropped last year. Levesque voluntarily resigned and Theodoss retired. Patten remains on paid leave.

A judge approved Fish’s application for the state’s accelerated rehabilitation program; after two years of counseling, community service and no arrests, his case will be dismissed.