DARIEN, Conn. — A federal jury found a former paraprofessional at Tokeneke School in Darien guilty of committing sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy with Down syndrome in 2009, according to the Darien News Online .
The verdict, which came in a 4-year-old lawsuit against Zachary Hasak and the town of Darien in New Haven federal court last week, also awarded $100,000 in damages to the student, referred to as John Doe, the Darien News said.
The lawsuit said Hasak exposed himself to the student and made sexual advances while alone with him, threatening to hurt the boy if he told anyone, the Darien News said.
The jury rejected other claims of sexual assault or touching by Hasak and cleared the two remaining school employees not previously dismissed or voluntarily dropped from the lawsuit, which had accused them of knowing of the abuse and failing to act, the story said.
Hasak plans to appeal the verdict, the Darien News said.
Read the full story here at the Darien News Online.
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