Leonard to do two years of accelerated rehabilitation
It was decided at Bridgeport Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 5, that former seventh grade Middlebrook teacher Dr. Timothy Leonard do two years of Connecticut’s Accelerated Pretrial Rehabilitation (AR) program and have no contact with the now 15-year-old boy, with whom police discovered him with back in February, resulting in his arrest.
On Feb. 10, Trumbull police found Leonard with the then 14-year-old in a Jeep Cherokee in a Bow Ties Cinemas parking lot in Trumbull. Upon speaking to the two, police determined they had engaged in intimate contact while parked in the vehicle.
Leonard, a former Wilton teacher, told police he met the teen through an online dating app and that he likes college-aged boys. He denied knowing the victim was 14 and said he would not have gotten involved with him if he had known his age.
Leonard was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a child, a class C felony; and fourth-degree sexual assault, a class A misdemeanor. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.
Leonard, who also taught as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, was a teacher at Middlebrook School from 1996 to 2006 and from 2010 until his resignation on June 30 of this year.
Leonard, a man of average height with short black hair, came to the November hearing dressed in a grey jacket and slacks and wearing eyeglasses. He was accompanied by his attorney, William Westcott of Maya Murphy, P.C., which has an office in Westport.
At the hearing, a representative from the state’s attorney’s office said she saw pictures the victim had posted to the online dating website, through which he and Leonard met, and the victim had purposely posted photos that made him look older.
Although the victim did appear older on the website, she said, he looked 15 years old when he visited the state’s attorney’s office and said “he felt bad about what he did to Mr. Leonard.”
Westcott said his client “is taking this matter as entirely seriously as everyone is hoping he would.”
Wescott told the judge he believes the accelerated rehabilitation program is “an appropriate way of resolving this matter.”
Accelerated Rehabilitation Program
Connecticut’s Accelerated Pretrial Rehabilitation program is a diversionary program that “can be used by certain people charged with crimes or motor vehicle violations that are not serious, but for which there can be a sentence of imprisonment,” according to the Judicial Branch of the State of Connecticut. The program “may not be used by people charged with certain felonies, those who have been convicted of crimes in the past, or those who are eligible for or used certain other programs like AR in the past.”
According to the state, once the court grants a defendant’s application for AR, he or she is released to the custody of the Court Support Services Division (CSSD) to be supervised for up to two years. If the defendant finishes the program successfully, the charges against him or her are dismissed by the court.
A disposition hearing has been scheduled for Leonard at Bridgeport’s GA 02 Courthouse, 172 Golden Hill St., on Nov. 2, 2017.