Norwich police arrested a former Norwich Free Academy assistant coach Wednesday and charged him with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, The Day of New London has reported.
Anthony Facchini, 25, a 2011 NFA graduate who had coached track, soccer and football at the school, was being held on a $75,000 bond while “the FBI and New London County State’s Attorney’s Office executed search and seizure warrants at the NFA campus Wednesday afternoon,” according to The Day.
Norwich police announced on Aug. 25 that since June the department had been investigating allegations that a former employee had committed sexual assault of Norwich Free Academy students.
According to police, “The initial report alleged the accused had an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with a student of Norwich Free Academy while he was employed as a coach at that school.” Police added that the investigation found Facchini had two such relationships with students at the school beginning in 2017.
In a letter to parents on Aug. 25, NFA Superintendent David Klein said the school was cooperating with police and that the subject of the investigation was no longer affiliated with NFA.
Facchini is scheduled to appear in court September 20.
On Monday, Eric Swallow, NFA’s athletic director since 2015, resigned, the Norwich Bulletin reported. It was not known if his resignation was related to the investigation.
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