By Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - A former Bloomfield middle school teacher who was convicted last year of choking and sexually assaulting a woman in 2013 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Dale Kukucka was found guilty in December of first-degree strangulation, third-degree sexual assault and a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault. He was sentenced on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Andover man must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Prosecutors say Kukucka, a former teacher at Carmen Arace Intermediate School, attacked a 23-year-old woman inside a woman’s restroom on Oct. 19, 2013 during a parade in East Haddam.

Kukucka maintained his innocence during the sentencing. His lawyer argued that Kukucka’s crimes followed a night of drinking.

He has another sexual assault case pending against him.

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