ENFIELD -- A Connecticut high school teacher visiting New Hampshire over Thanksgiving was taken into custody last week in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a student, police said.

Patrick Dodds


According to police in Bloomfield, Conn., the Connecticut Department of Children and Families contacted local police on Sept. 20 regarding a report involving an alleged sexual assault between a teacher and a 16-year-old student from the Hartford School District.

Bloomfield Police Capt. Steven Hajdasz said in a release the student reported “having sexual intercourse with a teacher” at the Achievement First charter school.

Following an investigation, police sought an arrest warrant for Patrick Dodds, 30, of Bloomfield, Conn., a teacher at Achievement First charter school. A warrant was issued for Dodds arrest on Nov. 27.

Bloomfield police determined Dodds was visiting Enfield for Thanksgiving and contacted police there. Dodds was taken into custody on fugitive charges.

Dodds was placed on leave in September when police began their investigation, and no longer works at the school, a spokesman for Achievement First said.

“We care deeply about the safety and well-being of all students in our schools and these allegations are extremely upsetting," Amanda Pinto, spokesman for Achievement First said in a statement. "Immediately after the police investigation began, we launched an independent internal investigation. At the end of that investigation we took appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination.”

Dodds was held Monday on $100,000 bond at the Grafton County Department of Correction in North Haverhill, according to Hajdasz. According to police, Dodds waived his extradition rights and will be brought to Connecticut Wednesday, where he faces charges of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury or impairing the morals of a minor.

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