MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A former Middletown faculty administrator has taken prison motion towards the district’s former superintendent. During his tenure, Dr. Enza Macri claims she persisted years of sexual harassment by means of him and not anything used to be finished to forestall it.
As the Associate Superintendent for Middletown Public Schools and an established worker with the district, Macri stated she used to be to start with “delighted” when Dr. Michael Conner used to be named superintendent in November of 2017.
Macri claims in a federal lawsuit, inside of weeks of him beginning this new position, Conner started mistreating feminine workers by means of publicly berating them and making feedback about their bodily look.
The lawsuit claims Conner “many times professed his sexual emotions for Dr. Macri and advised her he used to be in love together with her.” Macri additionally recounted an alleged incident wherein she used to be trapped in his place of work and no longer allowed to go away till she gave him a kiss. She alleged that she “grew to become her face briefly” when he leaned in for a kiss and his “lips landed on her cheek, very with regards to her lips.”
Macri, who is now the superintendent of Cromwell Public Schools, stated she many times made verbal court cases to individuals of the Middletown Board of Education and faculty district. But she stated no motion used to be taken.
“Dr. Macri suffered from such critical psychological and bodily misery that she had no selection however to go away the process and group she beloved with a view to get away the abuse,” learn the lawsuit. She additionally alleged she confronted retaliation after Conner discovered about her court cases.
News 8 reached out to Conner about this lawsuit. He stated the allegations are “baseless” and had been “deliberately fabricated as a part of a plan to take away me from the Office of the Superintendent.”
An out of doors investigation commissioned by means of the Board of Education concluded that Conner “much more likely than no longer… made romantic and sexual statements and advances against a senior administrator that had been unwelcome.”
Conner resigned in May of 2022, however he stated his resignation used to be no longer a results of those allegations and investigation.
The Middletown Board of Education, when requested about this lawsuit, stated they don’t touch upon pending litigation.
“Dr. Macri didn’t paintings for the City, and at no level previous to the allegations turning into public used to be the City acutely aware of them,” stated Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim.
On Thursday, News 8 spoke with Attorney Nina Pirrotti, who is representing Macri. She stated they stand by means of the allegations within the criticism and Macri felt strongly those allegations had to come to mild.