Teacher charged with sexual assault on child

KILLINGLY, Conn. (AP) — A Rhode Island teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a child in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Police say 29-year-old Nicholas Oliveira, of Lincoln, turned himself into authorities on Saturday. He’s facing one count of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a child.

Authorities say Oliveira inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl at the Hideaway Cove Campground in Killingly during a camping trip in 2018.

He was released on $100,000 bond and is due in court in Danielson on Feb. 18.

Oliveira was also arrested and charged with child molestation in Rhode Island last year after police say he engaged in sexual conduct with two minors.

School officials in Cumberland say he’s been on administrative leave from his post as a special education teacher at the Ashton Elementary School since mid-August. They say he has not taught classes this school year.

Oliveira’s attorney, John Calcagni, said in a statement that his client maintains his innocence and “anxiously awaits his day in Court so that his accusers may be confronted.”