Ludlowe swim coach arrested for sexting minor

Bridgeport-marcelBridgeport police arrested a Ludlowe High School swim coach Dec. 3 for sending inappropriate text messages to a 13-year-old girl who is a member of a different swim team for which he works.

Officer Bobby Jones responded Dec. 3 to a recreation facility at 400 University Ave., Bridgeport, on a report that the suspect, Alan Marcel, 28, of Norwalk, had sent text messages with sexual content to one of his swimmers.

The texts were discovered on the girl’s phone by the victim’s mother, who alerted a member of the board of directors from the swim club, which uses the University Avenue facility. Marcel is an instructor with the club.

Police did not provide the name of the swim club, but information dated May 2013 on the web site of the Park City Wolfpack swim team lists Marcel as a coach.

Police reviewed the texts from Marcel to the victim that were explicitly sexual.

Until yesterday, Marcel was also the boys’ swim coach at Ludlowe High School, according to school officials. Ludlowe headmaster Greg Hatzis sent an email to parents last night stating that the incident did not involve a Ludlowe student.

The following is the text of Hatzis’ letter:

“You may have seen (or will soon see)  media reports around an event that involves Alan Marcel, who was employed by Fairfield Public Schools as the FLHS Boys Swimming coach. The incident that was reported did not involve a member of the FLHS Boys Swimming Team nor any other Fairfield Ludlowe student and at no point were FLHS students in any danger. Mr. Marcel is no longer an employee of the Fairfield Public Schools and will have no future involvement with our swim team or the school.”

Fairfield Public Schools Human Resource Director Ann Leffert said today that Marcel’s employment with the district ended yesterday.

Marcel was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor and enticing a minor. He was held on $20,000 bond.

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