Lawyer: Greenwich Teacher Insists He’s Innocent In Sexual Assault Case
GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The attorney for a private school teacher in Greenwich accused of sexually assaulting a student said Wednesday her client “unequivocally and emphatically” denies the allegations.
Michael Maida, 44, of Danbury, turned himself into police Monday, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported. Maida has been charged with sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor — both felonies — following the alleged 2009 incident on a student who was under the age of 16, police said.
Convent of the Sacred Heart school said the math teacher has been on leave since the school learned of the investigation in January.
Maida’s lawyer, Audrey Felsen, told WCBS 880 the teacher is “shocked” and “saddened” by the claims against him.
“I can tell you that he’s worked there for over 17 years,” Felsen said. “He’s a devoted and highly respected teacher with an exemplary record.”
The school said student safety is the highest priority and is reportedly assembling a panel to examine, among other things, school policy in the wake of the case.
Maida was released from custody on $50,000 bond and is due in Stamford Superior Court on Tuesday, police said.
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