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Wells Road Sub Charged with 4th-Degree Sexual Assault Given Accelerated Rehabilitation

Robert Klein was arrested in 2011 after three students said he touched them inappropriately. His charges were reduced to misdemeanors.

A former substitute teacher at Wells Road Intermediate School who was charged in March 2011 with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault was given accelerated rehabilitation after his charges were reduced to misdemeanors.

Robert A. Klein, 62, of North Granby, was accused by three female students of touching them on the head, chest, lower back or buttocks at Wells Road Intermediate School two years ago.

His original charges included two counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and three counts of breach of peace.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, one of the girls said Klein touched her on March 1, 2011. Two other girls, both of whom said they witnessed that incident, reported that Klein had touched them inappropriately a year earlier.

Klein was arrested after a joint investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services and the Granby Police Department. The investigation was triggered by an initial disclosure by a Granby Public Schools staff member.

According to the state judicial branch website, Klein's charges were reduced to misdemeanors and he was given accelerated rehabilitation, which is available only to those with no prior criminal record.

With accelerated rehabilitation, Klein has been given a period of unsupervised probation for up to two years at the judge's discretion. If he completes the program without incident, the charges are dismissed.

Klein's next court date is June 5.

Granby March 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM
I don't understand how charges can be dismissed. Does that mean he will have nothing on his record and therefore have the opportunity to go into another school and contnue to assault children?
EFS March 13, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Yes it means his charges disappear and this is a disgraceful outcome. The judge and prosecutors should be ashamed of this and the fact that they put more kids at risk. He should have been supervised and keep at minimum a misdemeanor record so he can never ever say he was not convicted.
Jessica Moore, LMT March 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM
This is an OUTRAGE!!!! We need to stand together as a community and protect our innocent children!!!!! The so called justice system is a sad joke :( breaks my heart. Who will protect our children??????
GranbyMama March 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Beyond disappointing. What a message to send to those girls. :(
John Pilvenis March 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Do any of you have any knowledge of the case besides the allegations?
Terry Wright March 13, 2013 at 07:20 PM
When this arrest was originally reported on, a person posted this on The Patch. Maybe she will come forward and tell us the rest of the story. "Granby Mom 10:01 am on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Why did the schools continue to use Mr. Klein after similar allegations were made in past years? School administrators should be required to explain how they felt it safe to put this guy in an elementary school. What did they know of Mr. Klein before March 1? My sincerest thoughts are with the young girls put at risk . I hope they get the support and help at home and school that they need."
Terry Wright March 13, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Not the school administrators or Superintendent. They have covered up staff abuse of children and I have documentary evidence that the Kearns School Principal violated school policies in that regard. Apparently there is now talk of another child who was molested at Kearns School. Alan Addley admitted under oath that Granby Schools were in violation of the State bullying laws for at least three years during his tenure. But no one on the Board of Ed seems to care. They protect the reputation of the schools at all costs. Even if that means children get abused in the process.
srn March 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Unfortunately the whole story is not being told. Catty children can cause much damage to ones reputation when caught in an attention getting story. Then the public assumes what has been printed is the truth. As we all know media loves to sensationalize. Whipping us into a frenzy
George March 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM
The entire story was told! This is not an issue of how lax the school people were in reporting the incident, or how they continue to cover up allegations which will certainly tarnish the school's reputation. The issue is this happens all of the time! This state is so liberal and believes these people can rehabilitated. The truth is they need to be locked up! Look at that Toth guy in town who plead no contest to sexual assault and served only 1 year in jail! Granted he's on probation, but these people need to serve HARD time. Call your state reps and senators, these people serve TIME! and no accelerated rehab!!!
Kathy Freese March 14, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Wow, I have never heard of AR and expungement being allowed in a sex-related matter anywhere in the US. That is one loophole that needs to be closed and fast. There have been instances where adults have been falsely accused of acts they never did, but the mere accusation is enough to stigmatize a person for life. On the other hand the majority of discovered actual perps of child sex abuse are viewed as upstanding citizens, family persons and pillars of the community and the church. Not having a prior record most often means "not been caught" in the umpteen prior years of their henious activities.... In my opinion, if the accused is innocent he shouldn't cop any kind of plea but rather do all that he can to clear his good name. If the accused is guilty of the least among sex offenses against children, there should never be expungement of records no matter how "well" he completes AR. Only God knows all the truth of this situation and we must leave judgment to him and the courts, but in light of the horrific damage that child sexual abuse inflicts on its victims, perps should never get off scot free and unsupervised. Bad criminal code in CT in that realm...
Stephanie March 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM
I am completely disgusted.
Heather March 16, 2013 at 04:27 PM
A 'Good Sub', is underpaid, undervalued and an easy target for dismissal. Subs are the easiest employees to fire. They serve at the will of the Superintendent of Schools and work without a contract and no union protection. Having said that, Mr. Klein's original charges do include two counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and three counts of breach of peace. His charges were reduced to two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and given accelerated rehabilitation after his charges were reduced to misdemeanors. He was charged with some form of sexual assault and therefore should not be working in Granby Public Schools. It does mention that he is a 'former' substitute. Does anyone know if Granby Schools placed Mr. Klein in an assignment, following his accelerated rehab? This should easy enough to follow up and discover, even if administrators force you to file a Freedom of Information Act request(FOIA). Transparency in government is critical, however, this has never been a high priority in Granby government.

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