School safety director pleads not guilty in sex assault case

March 28, 2019 GMT

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school’s safety director has pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the school’s response to allegations that a coach was having a sexual relationship with a student.

Norwich Free Academy Safety Director Kevin Rodino pleaded not guilty Wednesday to failing to report suspected child abuse and then attempting to cover it up.

Norwich police arrested the 61-year-old Preston man on Feb. 25. The school placed him on paid leave in January.

Police say Rodino attempted to cover up his role involving the internal school investigation into the fired coach. The former assistant football and track coach pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges involving two students.

Police say a number of school officials failed to report the allegations.

Rodino had no comment after court.