Former East Hartford teacher called boy 135 times, warrant shows

EAST HARTFORD — A former middle school school drama teacher had an obsessive and inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old boy, calling him more than 100 times in a span of eight months and sending him photos of herself while on vacation, according to an arrest warrant released Thursday.

East Hartford police arrested Karen Vinick, 34, and charged her with risk of injury to a minor. Vinick was released on a $150,000 bond and is due in court on Nov. 22.

Vinick was a teacher at the Capitol Region Education Council’s Academy of Computer Science and Engineering Middle School, which was formerly known as Two Rivers Magnet School.

Vinick was placed on administrative leave when the investigation began and resigned prior to the start of this school year, CREC Superintendent Timothy J. Sullivan Jr. said in a statement.

“CREC has fully cooperated with authorities from the moment we were made aware of the situation,” Sullivan said. “The employee was immediately placed on administrative leave when the investigation began and resigned from CREC before this school year. CREC’s priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and staff.”

The school’s principal, Jill Wnuk, alerted police after two teachers brought concerns to her about Vinick’s behavior with the student during a drama club sleepover at the school on May 21, the warrant stated.

The teachers said they saw Vinick and the boy sleeping under the same blanket on the floor of the school’s great hall, police said. Surveillance camera footage confirmed the teachers’ account, police said. The video did not show any obvious sexual activity, but at one point in the middle of the night, Vinick and the boy left the hall and went into a classroom together, the warrant stated.

The boy told investigators “nothing physical” happened at

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