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Former AOF Student and Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault Charges

Tyler Wells faces four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault involving a female student at Fermi High School in Enfield.

ENFIELD – Former social studies teacher Tyler Wells pleaded not guilty in Wednesday to charges of sexual assault involving an alleged improper relationship with at least one female student.

Wells, 29, was with four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault after a police investigation into allegations that he had kissed and fondled a female student.

He is a former Avon Old Farms School student and employee.

The police investigation commenced in June, at which time Wells was from his duties at the high school. He subsequently resigned his position in a letter to Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann on Aug. 7, according to Deputy Superintendent Chris Drezek.

The affidavit supporting Wells' arrest said he and a female student had begun text messaging each other sometime in March. In some of the texts, Wells complimented the student's body, the affidavit said.

The relationship escalated, according to the student, who said the two had about 30 encounters “making out.” In some of the encounters, he stuck his hand down her pants, and on one occasion he put her hand on his groin, the warrant said.

Wells' next scheduled court appearance is Sept. 26.

Nancy usich August 23, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Do not understand the need to headline your story with Former AOF student.... Do you think it adds to the article? Not relevant, unnecessary, and you could have done better. Nancy Usich
Joan Q Avon August 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Nancy, what can't you possibly understand? It's the AVON Patch. The story involves an AVON Old Farms Alumn and an AVON Old Farms employee. The article is in an AVON news service. All relevant to AVON CT?
J. Sosallter August 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Note: 1) it's crossed published among multiple Patch sites in the state and 2) the headline does not tie to a significant fact of the article itself. Patch wants page hits. Page gets page hits through gossip level news headlines, and questionable content in multiple articles.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Hey all, Enfield Patch shared this story with us, but this version is only on Avon Patch. His AOF ties are what connect him to Avon so the headline is localized in our version. Please note his AOF connections are not related to the charges. Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
J. Sosallter August 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Avon published after Enfield shared it, so it's published in at least 2 places (seems to mean cross-published and the distinction isn't really clear). Anyhow, the changed ("localized") headline was really a big stretch, and really a questionable nexus of content to this site. It's pretty clear that the changed headline was meant to attract readers to a salicious topic, even though the headline content highlights facts that are largely irrelevant to this regions. That makes it a lot closer to gossip - imho.
Joan Q Avon August 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
It is relevant to Avon. The accused is connected to Avon through his schooling and employment with a prominent Avon institution. If you're looking for censorship in order to portray a life full of sunshine and butterflies I suggest you consider a move to Stepford. If you're not happy with what is printed in the Patch or any other publication then don't read it.
Michael Brennan October 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Having grown up in Avon for twenty years and as a graduate of the Avon Old Farms School all I can say is shame on Jessie Sawyer and the rest of the staff at Avon Patch. Your headline is clearly misleading and was only intended to stir up internet traffic. It's not journalism. It's not reporting. It's not professional. It's unethical and cowardly. Jessie, you responded: "Please note his AOF connections are not related to the charges." How can you run that headline and make that statement? It is a complete contradiction. I can't speak for the school, but I believe you owe a big (and well publicized, none of this cowardly backtracking in the comments section garbage) apology to students, faculty, alumni and all of the other families and people associated with the Avon Old Farms community. Michael Brennan, Avon Old Farms Class of 1995
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Hey Michael, Thank you for your feedback and I will take it into consideration for the future. The headline was intended to reflect the man's Avon connection, which is why it's on Avon Patch. -Jessie
Michael Brennan October 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
They way you worded it it sounds like the incident occurred at the school and that is terribly misleading. I hope you get that.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I hear you. The subhead elaborates: "Tyler Wells faces four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault involving a female student at Fermi High School in Enfield" and Tim made it clear in the story that the charges stem from his employment in Fermi, not AOF. But I've noted all of your feedback for any follow-ups we might have to eliminate confusion down the road. Thanks! -Jessie
Emma November 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Super late to the game, but it's worth noting that Tyler Wells held "parties" in his apartment on AOF campus, involving AOF students and their (high school aged) female companions. Apparently he made passes at at least one of these girls, got a bit forceful with one of them, which participated his "resignation" from the school.

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