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Moorehead Removed As School Resource Officer

Resident State Trooper Martin 'Marty' Martinez said he reassigned her to patrol based on operational needs.

 

Montville Police Schools Resource Officer Karen Moorehead has been removed from the schools and reassigned to patrol, it was confirmed Wednesday.

Resident State Trooper Sgt. Martin ‘Marty’ Martinez, who reassigned Moorehead, said the move was made “based on department needs.”  

School Superintendent Pamela W. Aubin said she was told Dec. 21 that Moorehead was being reassigned.

“Any questions with regard to this decision should be directed to Officer Martinez,” Aubin said and added “student and staff safety remains a priority for the Montville Public Schools.” She said the SRO position at MHS “will be maintained.”

For now, that officer will be Robert Bedard who has been working at Leonard J. Tyl Middle School of late.

Aubin said she was “assured that other officers will be assigned to provide assistance to Tyl Middle School and the elementary schools, as needed by Lt. (Leonard) Bunnell.”

Martinez said "there's no security issue here."

"As far as security, we're still status quo," he said. "Kids and parents don't need to worry."

Moorehead filed a sexual and workplace harassment complaint against Bunnell last year and while the

Moorehead was the subject of a Montville Patch story about her work at the high school last fall. That story led to a request from a national magazine to feature Moorehead in an article about school safety. The story featured a video of Moorehead interacting with students. Moorehead had been the SRO for two years and was previously the DARE officer and worked with kids in Kindergarten through 7th grade.

Patch was not able to reach Moorehead for comment on the reassignment. 

Sandra January 04, 2013 at 03:43 AM
thank you...yes they should...it is what is instilled is children in the school districts and that it why an SRO is there no matter who they may be
jane January 04, 2013 at 10:58 AM
I've known several police officers throughout my life. Sorry to say, there have been a few I wouldn't 'trust' out of my sight. But hey, if you think a stint at the academy makes a person 'trustworthy' then I have a bridge in Brooklyn.........
Kristin Stergio-Taylor January 04, 2013 at 12:17 PM
So why isn't Officer Morehead ENTITLED to staying and doing something she loves? Apparently it's only a one way street, who knew it was ok to sexually harass and then just be told to play nice, hmmmm yep, your right, they must know what they are doing, oh and as the daughter of a LT with the CT State Police yes I must not know what I'm talking about, and my kids? You obviously don't know my kids because they were taught to do what's right and stand up for things, so Sandra, which Montville police officer are you married or related too?
Meredith Tiffany January 04, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Why is that the people saying we are hiding behind a computer are the ones who don't even use their full or real name?
Toni Johnson January 05, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Meredith, my thoughts exactly.

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