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Student-Teacher At School For Deaf Arrested On Sex Charges

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By HILDA MUÑOZ
The Hartford Courant

April 22, 2010
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A student teacher at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford was arrested in upstate New York Tuesday after allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, New York State Police said.

Micah S. Brown, 30, was charged with two counts of attempting to disseminate indecent materials to a child. His bail was set at $1 million.

Brown had been placed as a student teacher at the West Hartford school by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y., according to a release from Edward F. Peltier, executive director of the American School for the Deaf. Brown had been at the school for five weeks and worked in the junior high school under the supervision of a senior teacher and a school administrator, Peltier said. Brown will not be returning, Peltier said.

Connecticut State Police helped with the two-month investigation by serving a search warrant at Brown's apartment at the school. State police investigators will examine evidence seized during the search.

The girl told New York authorities that she met Brown in an online chat room in November. He helped her with her school work and later began sending her text messages, police said.

Police said he met the girl in February, gave her marijuana and alcohol and engaged in sexual conduct with her.

The girl's mother brought the relationship to the attention of police. The New York State Police Computer Crime unit investigated, said Trooper Jack Keller.

On Tuesday, Brown went to a motel in Dewitt, N.Y., expecting to meet the girl, Keller said. Instead, he was arrested.

Copyright © 2010, The Hartford Courant

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