Guilty! Andrew Knapp, Greenwich, Connecticut (arrested Mar 2010)

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    Andrew Knapp (40 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, Connecticut), of 40 Riverside Ave., special education assistant at Greenwich High School, Greenwich Public Schools, Greenwich, Connecticut, "charged ... with fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor"

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    GHS special education assistant charged with sexual assault

    1 Apr 2010

    Andrew Knapp ... is accused of sexually assaulting a boy under the age of 16 earlier this year, police said. Police did not release the age of the victim. Sgt. Mark Zuccerella, head of the department's Youth Division, said detectives began investigating Knapp after the they received a complaint from the victim's family. Police said the incident happened in Greenwich, but they could not indicate where.

    Greenwich High School, Greenwich Public Schools, Greenwich, Connecticut, Andrew Knapp, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich
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    Greenwich molestation trial scheduled to begin Monday

    31 July 2014

    More than four years after a former Greenwich High School teaching aide was charged with molesting a 10-year-old boy in the shower room of the town's Boys & Girls Club, the case is headed for trial Monday.


    Jury selection was supposed to have begun at 10 a.m. that morning but [defense attorney] Serafinowicz said that because of flight delays and an especially long delay in Chicago, his client could not get to court until the following morning. In the meantime, however, trial Judge Bruce Hudock issued a rearrest order on Knapp, 31, and increased his bond.
    When Knapp came to the courthouse Wednesday morning, he was arrested, charged and held in lieu of a $75,000 court appearance bond, which he posted by the end of the day as jurors were selected. Testimony in the trial is expected to take three days to complete.

    Knapp, formerly of Riverside, was arrested in March 2010 after police were told by the 10-year-old boy that Knapp had touched him on four occasions while in the locker room shower at the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club. In each instance, Knapp allegedly came into the shower stall naked, asked to borrow some shampoo and asked if the boy could wash his back where he could not reach, according to the warrant. The victim told police that on three of the four occasions, Knapp washed the boy's back and Knapp's hands went "from his back to the top of (the boy's) buttocks," according to the warrant.


    Since Knapp's arrest, the Stamford State's Attorneys office has added a second felony charge of risk of injury to a minor. Knapp's warrant also detailed an alleged history of inappropriate behavior toward another young male at the Grove School in Madison. The FBI investigated the relationship, which was reported by the boy's mother, but the case was closed without an arrest, according to the warrant.
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    Former Greenwich swim coach faces jury in child sex case

    5 Aug 2014

    The youth said [Andrew] Knapp offered him some extra lessons after regular practice in January and February 2010 after he missed the beginning of the swimming season because he played football and had a busy holiday season. The boy said he welcomed his help because he felt Knapp was trying to help him get caught up with the others on the team. But when it was time for the boy to get into the shower, he said, on four or five occasions Knapp would ask if he had any shampoo or conditioner and would then walk into his stall without any clothes to ask the youngster, who was also nude, to soap his back. He said Knapp would also ask if he wanted his back soaped. The youth said he would decline the offers, but one time Knapp soaped up his back without permission.
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    Greenwich man takes stand in own defense at sex assault trial

    6 Aug 2014

    Under questioning by his attorney, Rob Serafinowicz, Knapp denied approaching the youngster in the nude in a shower stall in the locker room following a swimming lesson at the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club and asking the boy to soap his back ... After taking the unusual move just before lunch Wednesday of calling Knapp to the stand, Serafinowicz asked him if he ever walked into the boy's shower stall, or asked the youngster to soap his back, or ever touched him. Knapp replied "no" to each question.
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    Guilty verdict for Greenwich swim coach

    8 Aug 2014

    The three day trial of a former Greenwich High School teaching aide and Greenwich Boys and Girls Club swimming coach ended late Thursday morning with a jury convicting him of a single felony count of risk of injury to a minor. After five hours of deliberation and listening to testimony play back, a jury of four women and two men found Andrew Knapp, 31, of Riverside, not guilty of a second and more serious charge of risk of injury to a minor as well as a charge of fourth-degree sexual assault.
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    Seven years for Greenwich swim teacher in molest case

    A former Greenwich High School teaching aide [Andrew Knapp] found guilty of trying to molest a 10-year-old swimming student in the showers of the town's Boys and Girls Club was sentenced to seven years in jail by a Stamford Superior Court judge on Tuesday.


    Hudock said that an earlier incident in which he was alleged to have had an inappropriate relationship with an adolescent boy at the Grove School in Madison, where Knapp was a gym coach and counselor, had some disturbing similarities with the Greenwich case. Knapp was also alleged to have had sexual contact with that boy, and while supervising him in school activities, Hudock said. As a result, Hudock said that he believed that Knapp was engaging in a "grooming process" with his young charges and he had to balance Knapp's need for treatment with a sentence that would deter others from doing what Knapp did to the Greenwich boy.

    "I need to make sure there are no more victims," Hudock said and added that he did not see that Knapp wanted to change his ways. Hudock said that he felt Knapp was a high risk to offend again and would face a major hurdle to his rehabilitation because he was denying that he did the crime that he had been convicted for.

    The judge required that Knapp be put on the state's Sex Offender Registry for 10 years after his release and put him on probation for five years. If Knapp violates his probation he could be made to serve all or part of a three-year suspended sentence.

    Hudock also prohibited Knapp from coming into contact with any minors under 16 and said he could not get a job that would put him into direct contact with minors. Finally, the judge issued a criminal protective order prohibiting Knapp from coming into contact with the boy or anyone in his family for 50 years.
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