Disturbing details of a Connecticut teacher’s sexual abuse of children in his classroom have come out in a case that attracted some attention when it was reported earlier this year.
James Eschert, who taught at the Plymouth Center School teacher, used a game to molest little girls in the classroom.
New details in the case against Eschert have emerged from the affidavit of the investigating officer, revealing that Eschert created a sick game called ‘The Cave’ to molest little girls in his elementary classes.
As his victims reported it, he would make them sit under his desk and let them draw while he inappropriately touch, hold, and rub them. Sometimes he’d pick up a child and put on his lap, telling them they can do their work as usual. The report says he favored girls in this game.
The 51-year-old teacher was arrested in January this year after more than a dozen complaints of abuse were filed against him by former students and their parents.
The parents told police that they had tried to move the school administration for years to act on their complaints but the administration ignored their requests and allowed the teacher to continue the abuse.
According to court documents, the alleged abuse happened over the years from 2016 to 2019 but the mother of one of the victims believes that Eschert had likely abused students at the school for 20 years.
Eschert is facing 5 charges of risk of injury and 2 charges of fourth-degree sexual assault. Four school administrators, who ignored the parents’ complaints and knowingly allowed Eschert’s sexual abuse of the minors, were also arrested and charged with failure to report child abuse.
A court hearing was scheduled to hear Eschert’s case in the final week of September but it was then pushed ahead to November 10.
The case of Eschert’s sexual abuse is just the tip of the iceberg. Fox News reported last week that nearly 270 K-12 educators have been arrested for child sex crimes this year and 74% of these crimes are against students.