By Jennifer Swift
and Mary Albl, New Haven Register
FAIRFIELD >> A former Fairfield Ludlowe High School English teacher and assistant baseball coach allegedly had sexual intercourse, exchanged sexually explicit text messages and often brought coffee or lunch to school for a female student 30 years his minor.
Glenn M. Mishuck, 47, who resigned from the school district after the alleged affair continued on for several months, was arrested by Fairfield Police Thursday. He was charged with 17 counts of sexual assault in the second degree, which is a felony.
The affidavit for Mishuck’s arrest alleges he engaged in sexual intercourse at his apartment with a 17-year-old student who he had previously taught last school year. The girl is currently enrolled as a student at the school. The two also exchanged text messages, the discovery of which led to the police investigation, and according to police, partly corroborated the charges of sexual assault. The two often saw each other at Mishuck’s apartment in Bridgeport before school began or in the evening. The girl’s father became suspicious when she left hours before school to go to the gym, which led him to discover the text messages.
Attorney William Westcott, of Westport, who is presently representing Mishuck did not return repeated requests for comment this week or last week.
The warrant also alleges that even after police were made aware of the situation and Mishuck placed on administrative leave by the district, the two continued to communicate using the application “Snapchat.” Snapchat is a mobile phone application where users can send photos to each other with text that disappear after a few seconds.
The relationship, according to the victim’s report to police, began in the late Spring of 2013 in May or June. The female student, who was in Mishuck’s American Studies, AP class — described as a small class with two teachers and a heavy workload — was invited to Mishuck’s apartment to do “homework and hang out.”
Court documents show Mishuck and his wife, Kim Mishuck of Sandy Hook, filed paperwork to divorce on May 30, 2013.
The divorce was approved and finalized by the court on August 23.
The female told police she slept over the first time she went to his apartment, though the two slept apart. As they continued their visits, things became more physical with massages through clothing. The relationship then turned sexual. The female student told police both she and Mishuck had discussed the relationship several times, and both were aware it was “illegal and wrong because she was a minor and he was a teacher,” the affidavit states.
Text messages ranged from being sexually explicit in nature to more casual or romantic conversations.
According to the warrant, which included select text messages, on Sept. 17 at 4:58 in the morning, Mishuck sent a message to the female that read: “I care about you so much, and I only hope that it shows; you are so worth all that is good.” She responded a minute later, “Thank you…You take such good care of me, I only want to do the same in return.”
The evening of Sept. 17, the female’s father discovered messages between his daughter and “Mish” — a nickname he knew his daughter used to refer to her favorite teacher.
He confronted his daughter, and then the following day he went to the school with his concerns. The housemaster of the school then contacted the Department of Children and Families to report the incident. Mishuck was immediately placed on paid administrative leave, court documents and emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request show.
Fairfield Police then became involved in the investigation.
Leading up to thursday’s arrest, police and school officials would not elaborate on the cause of Mishuck’s leave or the nature of any police investigation. However, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request show on Sept. 30 Mishuck’s attorney William Westcott communicated with Fairfield Public School attorney’s about Mishuck’s imminent employment issues.
An email dated on Sept. 30 sent to the Ludlowe staff from Greg Hatzis, Headmaster of Ludlowe, stated that Mishuck was on a leave of absence for an unspecified period of time. The email stated no additional information regarding the leave could be provided. On the day of that email, students and families were informed the same day through their classrooms and a letter home, documents show.
Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request show Mishuck, resigned Oct. 7 from his position at Ludlowe after he was placed on the leave of absence.
A letter was then sent to parents and families of students in Mishuck’s English classes dated Oct. 9 to inform parties of Mishuck’s resignation. It also went on to state that Mrs. Tranquilli-Bausher was hired to teach all of Mishuck’s classes for the remainder of the school year.
It was on Oct. 8 that the female student’s father contacted police to complain that Mishuck and his daughter had apparently continued to communicate using Snapchat, although Mishuck had already been made aware that he was under investigation. The father asked that Mishuck no longer contact his daughter, which police relayed to Mishuck’s attorney explaining that it “could be viewed as tampering with a witness.”
Mishuck, whose salary in 2013 was listed at $89,100, taught English at the high school since 2005 and had been an assistant high school varsity baseball coach for Ludlowe since 2005 as well. He held positions of the third and second assistant according to documents.
He was first employed through the school district in 2004 at Fairfield Warde High School as an English teacher.
Document show that in August he was added to the extra pay staff of the public school system as the Athletic Site and Equipment Manager at Ludlowe. His salary for the position was listed at $2,411.
On Oct. 11 the Ludlowe baseball program named Mike Francese the head coach for the varsity team. He replaced Kevin O’Rourke, who resigned in August to take an assistant principal position in the North Branford Public School. Francese was an assistant with the program before. On the team’s website, Mishuck was not listed on the coaching staff as of Oct. 11.
Mishuck will be arraigned on November 12, according to police. His bail was set at $150,000, and as of Thursday morning had not been posted.
In a statement issued Thursday, the school district declined to comment, except to explain the timeline of the police investigation and Mishuck’s leave of absence.
“When the school district was made aware of the allegation on September 18, 2013 we immediately placed Mr. Mishuck on paid administrative leave and fully cooperated with the Fairfield Police Department investigation,” the statement said. “It is the policy of the Fairfield Public Schools not to comment on any personnel issues involving current or former employees. Accordingly, Fairfield Public Schools will have no comment on Mr. Mishuck’s employment with the Fairfield Public Schools, the circumstances surrounding his resignation or the issues surrounding his arrest.”
Reporter Jennifer Swift contributed to this story.