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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. 

karen domijan January 03, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I just am dumbfounded officwr moorehead is a valuable asset to that school the children and parents love her. So much for the system. This seems very strange and i hope the we get the real truth
Denise January 03, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Call to action, Contact Mayor McDaniel 860-848-3030!! If this was not a shady deal, they would of transitioned the kids........
Denise January 03, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Oh Aubin is clueless and has been since day 1
Denise January 03, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Big Bad Lenny at his best......EVERYONE is in town knows why this happened to Karen......SHAME on you
Julia Gammeter January 03, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Okay so your main problem is that Officer Moorehead does not have a degree but has plenty of experience working with our Children in the schools. I can personally attest that Officer Moorehead has gone above and beyond her call of duty as a resource officer. Not only has she come to me as a parent of child involved in a situation but I have seen her working with my children. I have no problem with her nor the way our kids trust her enough to come to her with issues that go on in school. It is better that our Children have more than one adult to come to with issues like bullying, friends or even home life situations that are not ideal. I think we need to not only revamp who runs our towns but also our Police department. If she filed a sexual harassment case then obviously it was serious enough and the person involved should have been removed from our police department. I totally agree with someone else who said that if this wasn't a shady deal then why no transition for our children??? Is our schools really safe enough with only one resource officer bouncing between five or six schools in our town, seriously??? who is the smart brains behind that idea?? This is said in light of the recent shooting in Newton, Ct whose school was secure but some how the shooter still managed his way into the school to harm innocent Children and Adults. I think this needs to be revised and have her in our Schools which makes the schools safe for our Children who are priceless.
Debbie S January 03, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Denise, r u kidding the mayor is in Lenny's pocket. Have you nut read the patch articles highlighting how Lenny has harassed employees and committed 38 Felonies by using the state computer and only got a 2 week suspension the mayor is a JOKE
theinformant January 03, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Someone should start a Petition to bring her back. Ask the Mayor to resign and the Police LT. to retire. I'm sure you would get alot of signatures, especially if you go to the Transfer Station.
Collin January 03, 2013 at 08:50 PM
The mayor is in indeed in Lenny's pocket and the comments from "MM" - really Marty Martinez??? Subtle for sure. Nice that the sgt. Who reassigned Moorehead is trying to plead his case on patch. Give it up. You are wrong and so obviously grasping at straws simply to redeem yourself and attempt to repair Lenny's damaged rep after the lawsuit. Harassment is what you are supposed to put people away for "MM" not what you are supposed to repeatedly do. But you go ahead with your good ole boys club...it's the students that suffer.
bonita L. brown January 03, 2013 at 08:56 PM
This make me sick, This Lady, Moorehead is fantastic with all the kids and adults she deals with. Please find out why this is happening. The kids need her more than some of you know.She is so great with everything she does.
Allison Chester January 03, 2013 at 08:59 PM
No rush to judgement here- the LT is a dirtbag and she's stuck in the Old Boy's Club. I hope all the parents fight this.
Jon L January 03, 2013 at 10:30 PM
No one complained when rockwell left.....
Julia Gammeter January 03, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I know my children and I will sign to bring her back
CD January 04, 2013 at 01:01 AM
The only way to affect change is to get students, parents, and teachers involved. A lot of people in the community are outraged and rightfully so. But unless petitions are created and people show up to public and town council meetings to speak their minds nothing will change. The elected officials and leaders within law enforcement in Montville contributed to this decision and need to be held accountable for this unnecessary and egregious action against one of the most valuable assets to our school community.
Toni Johnson January 04, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Rockwell chose to leave and parents fought to keep an SRO involved in our schools. Every day yet another reason to get the heck out of this town.
Denise January 04, 2013 at 01:30 AM
didn't know we had a LENNY MAFIA in town lol
Denise January 04, 2013 at 01:31 AM
thanks for your comments Officer Martinez because I never heard anyone in the halls call her that but you would know so much better.....
Kristin Stergio-Taylor January 04, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Bunnelll should have been fired YEARS ago, the fact that he is still able to pull this kind of thing is just proof that there is a huge problem in this town, I have lived here all of my life and the Montville Police are known for harassing people. There are two Montville Police officers that I trust and Moorehead is one of them.
Denise January 04, 2013 at 01:40 AM
I know lenny is in the pocket but massive phone calls are always a pain in the ass lol
Denise January 04, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Rockwell was good but Karen just touched so many and helped so many......
Sandra January 04, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Such hatred...and you wonder why things are the way they are...facts people which NONE of us know about, None of us work, live or understand the entire ordeal in itself,. WE DO NOT HAVE ALL THE FACTS which some think they do, If we complain then maybe we should show face at a meeting for a change and speak up instead of getting hot headed and hiding behind the computer walls. If we go by what the "PATCH" says (for the love of god and we know it's ALWAYS THE TRUTH...PLEASE) ..why can't we just wait to see what the outcome is and the REAL REASON and leave the undesirable words to yourself..such a shame..your kids definitely would not or should not be proud of this...morals and ethics have gone to hell, have we forgotten this? ..who are we to criticize until we have walked a mile in those exact shoes...Just a shame to see people so hateful just because someone is ENTITLED to their opinion and making change.
Sandra January 04, 2013 at 03:10 AM
you ever stop to think it isn't him...way to go for a town guy...another person who thinks he knows it all...WRONG
KEV January 04, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Am I the only one in town who believes that police have no business being in our schools?
Bill B. January 04, 2013 at 03:32 AM
yeah, thats a good idea. Bury your head in the sand and let the powers that be do as they will... after all, they're elected officials, why wouldn't they do whats best for the town??
Bill B. January 04, 2013 at 03:33 AM
probably...
Sandra January 04, 2013 at 03:41 AM
you seem so hateful...a grudge here? just wondering...always one in the crowd why don't you come to a meeting instead of hiding behind a computer
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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