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Former Greenwich theater teacher avoids jail in plea bargain

January 17, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD-Unable to get a court program for first offenders that would keep his criminal record clean, a former theater teacher at a private Greenwich school pleaded guilty to felony risk of injury to a minor charge.

Jesse Lozano, 25, of Brooklyn made the plea at the Stamford courthouse on Tuesday and was given a three-year suspended jail sentence and two years probation by Judge John Blawie.

In October defense attorney Alan Friedman tried to get the theater arts teacher into the Accelerated Rehabilitation program, but Blawie would not allow it.

Lozano allegedly sent texts to one of his 15-year-old female students, trying to get the girl to meet him at his home in Brooklyn as well as discussing theater topics in very adult and inappropriate ways. The two never met, before the scheme was discovered by the girl’s parents.

Blawie ruled that what Lozano had done was “predatory” in nature and would not allow him into the diversionary program.

At the time Friedman said he understood Blawie’s decision.

On Wednesday, Friedman said that the risk of injury plea was a fair way to end the case, given the circumstances of the complaint.

“I think justice was served. it was a very difficult case given the sensitivity and climate we are in with the Me Too Movement and the age of the victim,” Friedman said. “It was bad judgment.”

Lozano told Blawie that that what he did was out of character for him and that he was swept up in the moment and apologized.

Blawie ordered that he undergo sex offender evaluation and prohibited him from coming into contact with the girl for 10 years.