Stu­dent de­tails ‘nap date’ with New Lon­don school em­ployee

Ar­rest war­rant unsealed in case of fired coach

The Day - - FRONT PAGE - By KAREN FLORIN Day Staff Writer

Jevon El­more, the for­mer New Lon­don para­pro­fes­sional and track coach charged with hav­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship with a 16-yearold high school stu­dent, is ac­cused of pick­ing up the girl in an Uber in July 2018 and tak­ing her to his Bank Street home for a “nap date,” ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit.

At the time, the 25-year-old city na­tive was op­er­at­ing a gym on Col­man Street. He was be­ing paid by the high school to run an eight-week work­out pro­gram for stu­dents that took place on the out­door track and foot­ball field at New Lon­don High School.

Start­ing in Au­gust 2018, he worked at Ben­nie Dover Jack­son Mid­dle School as a para­pro­fes­sional/teacher’s aide as­signed to spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents.

His ar­rest oc­curred as de­tails were un­fold­ing in the case of Cor­riche Gaskin, 35, a for­mer mid­dle school em­ployee who is in­car­cer­ated on charges he sex­u­ally as­saulted a mid­dle school stu­dent and shared home­made sex­u­ally ex­plicit videos on his cell­phone.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with city po­lice in May, El­more said that be­cause of his young age, mid­dle school stu­dents would say “in­ap­pro­pri­ate things” to him, such as, “You’re the cutest sub (sub­sti­tute teacher) we have.”

Be­gin­ning in March 2019, El­more also worked as a track coach, and one day, ath­letes told him to hide when the par­ent of a stu­dent iden­ti­fied as “Vic­tim 2,” the 16-year-old in­vited on a “nap date,” came af­ter him at a prac­tice.

El­more was placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave on May 10 and charged by city po­lice on May 23 with sec­ond-de­gree sex­ual as­sault. He was fired by the school dis­trict on June 13.

Dur­ing his short tenure at the school, he had been sus­pended a to­tal of three times, in­clud­ing the May 10 sus­pen­sion that led to his ter­mi­na­tion. On Feb. 1, 2019, he was no­ti­fied he was be­ing placed on leave due to an al­le­ga­tion of phys­i­cal abuse of a stu­dent to the state Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies. He was cleared to re­turn to work on Feb. 26 and told by an ad­min­is­tra­tor to “please use ex­treme care while in­ter­act­ing with stu­dents.”

By March 22, El­more was placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave again. This time, New Lon­don High School ad­min­is­tra­tion had re­ceived a re­port al­leg­ing he acted in­ap­pro­pri­ately with a stu­dent or stu­dents. That in­ci­dent in­volved Vic­tim 2 and was re­ported to DCF, which took no ac­tion be­cause the girl de­nied the in­ci­dent.

The al­leged crim­i­nal in­ci­dent con­tained in the ar­rest war­rant also in­volves Vic­tim 2, who even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted her in­volve­ment with El­more to po­lice. The war­rant unsealed Tues­day in­di­cates there is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing a girl iden­ti­fied as “Vic­tim 1,” who is now 16.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with po­lice in May, El­more de­nied hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with any stu­dents, but ad­mit­ted to hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with a girl on Instagram, later iden­ti­fied as Vic­tim 1, af­ter he re­sponded to a pho­to­graph of her “shaking her butt.” He said he thought she was an adult, but re­al­ized who it was af­ter seeing her at the high school.

The ar­rests of El­more, Gaskin and a third em­ployee, mid­dle school teacher Melissa Ro­driguez, along with sev­eral staff changes by the school dis­trict, have ex­posed alarm­ing in­ci­dents of sex­ual in­nu­endo and ac­tiv­ity among adults and school-aged chil­dren in the school sys­tem, in lo­cal gym­na­si­ums and on so­cial me­dia. In ad­di­tion to the New Lon­don po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the state Of­fice of the Child Advocate also is con­duct­ing an in­quiry.

El­more, free on a $150,000 bond, has pleaded not guilty and made sev­eral ap­pear­ances in New Lon­don Su­pe­rior Court.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit unsealed Tues­day, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into El­more’s ac­tiv­i­ties be­gan on May 10, when the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies called city po­lice.

A high school staff mem­ber re­ported to the DCF that another adult staff mem­ber had been told El­more was hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with Vic­tim 1.

DCF also had re­ceived a com­plaint about El­more hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with Vic­tim 2, but she de­nied the al­le­ga­tion when in­ter­viewed in March by high school staff. The war­rant in­di­cated that she later told friends she wished she had told the truth, be­cause El­more “did not learn his les­son” and con­tin­ued to have sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with other girls.

The po­lice went to El­more’s res­i­dence at 905 Bank St. and said he agreed to speak with them.

He said he had seen a pic­ture of Vic­tim 1 “shaking her butt” on Instagram and con­tacted her by di­rect mes­sage, and they talked a lit­tle. He said when he rec­og­nized her at the high school as the same per­son, he told her, “Hold up. We must have a mis­un­der­stand­ing. I thought you were a grown woman.”

He told the po­lice he no longer had so­cial me­dia be­cause “the world’s so sen­si­tive.” He said that af­ter hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with his par­ents about a lot of sit­u­a­tions in which the girls were “at­tack­ing” young staff mem­bers and say­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate things, he got rid of his so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

Wit­nesses told po­lice El­more de­scribed his re­la­tion­ship with the girl known as Vic­tim 1 as “just a quick hit.” A stu­dent in­ter­viewed in May told po­lice other kids were call­ing Vic­tim 1 names and that she had been ab­sent from school that day and “act­ing funny.”

The stu­dent iden­ti­fied as Vic­tim 2 told po­lice she had been trained by El­more at Mr. G’s gym in Water­ford. She told her friends she didn’t tell the truth at first be­cause she didn’t want to ruin his ca­reer. But when she went on va­ca­tion, some­one ex­posed the re­la­tion­ship by cre­at­ing a fake Twitter ac­count and post­ing pho­to­graphs of her and El­more to­gether, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Dur­ing a foren­sic in­ter­view on May 17 by mem­bers of New Lon­don’s Multi-Dis­ci­plinary Team for sex­ual as­sault cases, the girl known as Vic­tim 2 con­firmed she had com­mu­ni­cated with El­more via Snap Chat and that they had one sex­ual en­counter.

She said that El­more would look at her when they both worked out at Planet Fit­ness in Water­ford, and that she started to par­tic­i­pate in his group work­outs at the high school. She said he ap­proached her about work­ing out at his gym on Col­man Street and she signed up.

Dur­ing a work­out in July 2018, she said he asked her if she wanted to have a “nap date.” She said he picked her up at her house in an Uber and took him to his house, where they en­gaged in sex, but she stopped him and said, “I don’t think we should do this,” and he replied, “It’s okay. It’s okay.”

The girl’s fa­ther showed up at a track prac­tice to go af­ter El­more, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, and stu­dents told him to hide.

Dur­ing the May 10 in­ter­view at his home, when the po­lice asked him if he would vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­der his phone in or­der to “prove his innocence,” El­more refused and said he wanted to talk to a lawyer first.

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