DANIELSON — A former Plainfield middle school teacher facing numerous criminal charges – including sexual assault – related to his conduct with teens is now on house arrest after a judge determined he violated the conditions of his release.
Craig McCue, 32, of North Stonington, spent Thursday night in jail after Danielson Superior Court Judge Kevin Shay increased the bonds in each of his four open case files by $60,000. On Friday, McCue appeared in court again where Shay laid out a host of new release restrictions.
McCue was ordered outfitted with a GPS monitoring device and placed on “full-lockdown,” only able to leave his residence for verified legal or medical appointments. McCue is barred from having any contact – direct or indirect – with persons younger than 18 and his use of Internet devices is at the sole discretion of probation officers.
“Under no circumstances can he use social media,” Shay said. “That’s based in no small part to the use of (the Tinder dating app) in which he created and deleted accounts to try and obfuscate probation.”
McCue, who was in the process of bonding out on Friday, is barred from using a motor vehicle, which Shay said the defendant had previously done in order to violate the conditions of his bond. McCue’s residence, vehicle and person are also subject to random searches by probation going forward, Shay said.
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Shay noted the changes came after a lengthy bond hearing this week.
McCue was charged a year ago by Plainfield police with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and seven counts of risk of injury. Police said McCue had “several inappropriate” relationships over a period between September 2020 and May 2021 with three minors, including an alleged victim cited in the state police arrest documents.
All the alleged victims were under the age of 16 and were either Plainfield students or players McCue oversaw while working as a basketball coach at North Stonington’s Wheeler High School.
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McCue resigned from the Plainfield school system last year after being notified of the police investigation and had been fired from his North Stonington job since January 2020 after allegedly admitting to buying three members of the basketball team condoms and engaging them in sexual conversations, police said.
McCue was later charged by state police out of Troop E in Montville with fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
The arrest stemmed from previous statements made by a former Plainfield Central School student who told Plainfield police McCue drove him to a North Stonington gas station sometime between September 2020 and February and pressured him to show his penis, the report states.
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The student said McCue, who was the boy’s freshman history teacher at the time, displayed his own genitalia and groped the teen’s scrotum, state police said. The boy said McCue on a different occasion in Moosup touched his penis, an allegation that led to his arrest by Plainfield police.
State police said cell phone messages obtained during their investigation showed texts between McCue and several juveniles in March, April and May in which McCue tells the boys to delete messages so that no one “gets in trouble,” the warrant application states.
McCue, who has not yet pleaded to any of the charges he faces, was initially free on combined bonds of roughly $200,000.
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