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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Westport Man Charged in Child Sex Abuse Case

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UPDATE Westport police said today they arrested a 67-year-old Westport man and Norwalk high school teacher on child sex abuse charges resulting from an incident that allegedly occurred while he was babysitting a 4-year-old boy.

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Victor Corso: held on $150,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Victor A. Corso was arrested Monday by detectives at his Hillandale Road home where the alleged abuse occurred, police said. The Norwalk Public Schools website lists him as an eighth grade chemistry teacher at Brien McMahon High School where he tells parents he has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.

At a Norwalk Superior Court hearing today, Judge Maureen Dennis lowered Corso’s bond from $150,000 to $25,000 and ordered him to refrain from having unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18. The Norwalk Schools said he has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

An affidavit said that on Dec. 26, Westport police received a complaint from the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) about allegations of a suspected child sexual abuse case.

The Detective Bureau, working jointly with DCF, began an investigation into the complaint, the court document said. Investigators found that Corso, who had known the youngster’s family for 12 years, allegedly molested the 4-year-old boy on Dec. 16 while babysitting for him.

A police news release said based upon the information in the investigation, Corso was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a child and sexual assault.

He was unable to post $150,000 bond and was held for arraignment today at Norwalk Superior Court, police said.

In a letter on the Norwalk Public Schools website introducing himself to parents, Corso says: “I have a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and had over 20 years of experience in the chemical industry before making a career change over ten years ago to teaching high school chemistry. 

“I started at the plant level too many years ago as a Technology Engineer, moved into R & D management, and finished my engineering career as Manager, New Business Development at Olin Corporation in Stamford, CT.  This is a somewhat long-winded way of saying that I have a lot of chemical industry experience that I hope to share with my students to make science more interesting.”

Posted 01/02 at 02:36 PM

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