- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state Board of Education had denied the request of a former Bloomfield middle school teacher serving 10 years in prison for choking and sexually assaulting a woman to reconsider the revocation of his teaching certificate.

The Hartford Courant reports (https://cour.at/1sq5OW1) Dale Kukucka told the board via telephone Wednesday that he’s innocent, the trial was unfair and he expects the convictions to be overturned on appeal. He’s incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield.

Matthew Venhorst, an attorney for the state Education Department, said the 35-year-old Kukucka is inappropriately using the reconsideration process “as a means of re-litigating his criminal case.”

Prosecutors said Kukucka, of Andover, a former science teacher at Carmen Arace Intermediate School, attacked a 23-year-old woman inside a women’s restroom in East Haddam in 2013.

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