Wilton Superintendent Admits Mistakes In Statements On Preschool Worker

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Wilton Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith
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WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton superintendent of schools apologized and admitted he made misstatements about a preschool worker who was arrested on child pornography charges, the Wilton Bulletin reported.

Former Miller-Driscoll preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn, 33, of Bridgeport, was arrested Aug. 20 on charges of first-degree possession of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

In a letter to parents and staff members Friday, Aug. 29, Schools Superintendent Kevin Smith said he was wrong when answering questions about von Kohorn's behavior in the Wilton preschool, the Bulletin said. 

Smith said there had been an investigation by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families after a parent complaint that von Kohorn took a child to the bathroom in 2013 without another staff person present, the Bulletin said.

Lawyer Paul Slager, of Silver Golub & Teitell, said in a statement that von Kohorn inappropriately touched the preschooler.

Read the full story here at the Wilton Bulletin. 

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I am concerned about the statement by the superintendent that a "mistake" was made. Eric Von Kohorn's file was at the finger tips of the superintendent when he learned of the arrest on June 11th. That file was also available all during the two and one half months before his letter to parents and his meeting with parents.

In addition, when an incident this grave occurs, the response about how to answer the public is decided with the district attorney. Therefor, if we want to call it a mistake, the mistake was made with several people in a joint decision after looking at all the pieces of potential liability.

It is unlikely therefore, that the information in Von Kohorn's file was not reviewed and discussed with legal counsel long before the letter and the parent meeting.

What does does it mean when the superintendent said he wasn't "mindful?"

What was the "investigation" that was done when the superintendent first told parents that there was no evidence that one needed to be concerned about any inappropriate actions by Von Kohorn? How was this judgement made and by what were the clinical credentials of people who made it? The potential for picture taking or touching is high for someone who is excited my the genitalia of children.

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