School Security Guard Charged With Sexually Assaulting High School Student

A security guard at a Hartford magnet school has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student and remains jailed in lieu of £200,000 bail. Leonardo Badillo-Perez, 25, of Garden Street in Hartford, faces two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault. He was a guard at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts on Huyshope Avenue in Hartford.

The school is run by the Capitol Region Education Council. According to the warrant for Badillo-Perez's arrest, he and the 17-year-old student began a friendly interaction first with written notes, then text messages. Within days, the two began to flirt and exchange explicit photos.

On Dec.

11, Badillo-Perez and the 17-year-old sent text messages to each other throughout the day, then made arrangements to meet in a secluded place. The student picked an empty classroom, texted Badillo-Perez and he soon joined her. They then engaged in a sex act.

After the encounter, Badillo-Perez texted the student and said he would not be able to communicate with her for two days.

Two days later the student noted that Badillo-Perez was being "short" with her, and he then sent her a text message saying he was not going to be able to be friends with her anymore. The girl later told Hartford detectives that she felt hurt and used. On Dec.

15 she went to the school nurse to get some anti-anxiety medication because she was "freaking out" over the situation, according to the warrant. When the nurse asked the girl what was bothering her, she disclosed the sexual assault. The school's principal subsequently called police and order Badillo-Perez not to return to the school.

The principal also provided police with video footage of the student and Badillo-Perez entering and leaving the classroom. In an interview with detectives, Badillo-Perez acknowledged his conduct was wrong, but said the girl flirted with him and blamed her for starting the relationship. He also said she was the aggressor in the sexual encounter.

Police searched the teens cellular phone and, according to the warrant, found corroborating evidence.

Tim Sullivan, superintendent of CREC schools, said school officials immediately alerted police and the state Department of Children and Families when they learned the incident. Badillo-Perez worked for a contractor, U.S. Security Associates of Roswell, Ga., which provided security at the school.

The company fired Badillo-Perez Dec.

19, said Paul Lutz, a vice president with the company.

The company did a background check when it hired Badillo-Perez in January 2017 and his record was clean, Lutz said.

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