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New London school employee charged with inappropriate behavior with student

April 5, 2019

New London — City police have arrested a man with a federal drug-related conviction working at a New London elementary school on charges related to alleged inappropriate behavior with an underage New London student.

Corrine Gaskin, 34, a New London school district employee since 2015, was working as a climate specialist at Harbor Elementary School, and previously at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, but has been out on paid administrative leave since March 20.

Gaskin, of 213 Poquonnock Road, Apt. 2, in Groton, is charged with risk of injury to a minor, a felony charge that could apply to everything from child endangerment to inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. He is being held in lieu of a 1,000 in cash, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office at the time.

Gaskin then was followed by police to Shaw Street, where he parked his car and tried to run from police.

Gaskin’s lenient sentence was explained in a judgement memorandum by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny. He noted it was Gaskin’s first offense and only apparent involvement with illegal drugs. Gaskin was trying to obtain a loan from Thomas following the birth of his child and Thomas had given Gaskin a bandana containing drugs to deliver to her home, court records show.

The district did not immediately address his prior conviction. His role in the district as a climate specialist is to work with students, staff and families in peer mediation, behavior supports and creating opportunities for students to be successful using “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports,” a statement from the school district shows.

 g.smith@theday.com