Fairfield man gets 8 years for sex assault

Fairfield resident and former Westport swim coach Jeffrey Schare was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting two preteenaged Fairfield girls over a period of years, according to the Connecticut Post.

Schare, who had been a math teacher and boys’ swim coach at Staples High School in Westport for seven years, pled guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault. Schare had reportedly assaulted the girls, aged 8 and 12 at the time of his Dec. 2012 arrest, over a period of three years.

Judge Robert Devlin of Bridgeport Superior Court also ordered Schare to register as a sex offender and stay away from children, according to the Post.

As reported earlier, Schare was arrested by Fairfield Police in Dec. 2012, after the older of the two victims told a school counselor about the assault. The counselor then notified authorities, and the mother of one victim also contacted police and scheduled a forensic exam through the Center for Women and Families.

Social worker and Fairfield resident Valerie Wilke was arrested in Jan. 2013 for failing to tell authorities of the abuse. She reportedly told a school counselor that her daughter’s friend had been inappropriately touched, but refused to provide police identifying information about the victim or the assailant.

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