Mark Cohan, a Spanish teacher at Simsbury High School, has been arrested and charged for sexually harassing a student, who has filed a lawsuit claiming $15,000 in monetary damages. The lawsuit also names the board of education as a defendant.

Inappropriate conduct

Cohan is alleged to have sent inappropriate messages to the student and a group of high school students while the complaint was made by one of the concerned parents, who then notified the district. The Spanish teacher was then suspended by the school, according to the Simsbury schools Superintendent Matt Curtis.

Curtis also said in his statement that the district was committed to maintaining a safe school environment, and had taken prompt action in this particular case. Police and school administrators, as well as the state Department of Children and Families, launched an investigation into the alleged incidents.

Cohan befriended a group of students on Facebook, and sent graphic and sexual messages on a daily basis. The lawsuit alleges that Cohan began to focus his attention on this particular student in August of 2013. He is alleged to have sent private sexual messages and also called him numerous times a day.

The student, who was a sophomore at the time of the alleged abuse, was not named due to the sensitive nature of the charges. Mark Edwards, the Simsbury records supervisor, said that Cohan was arrested in July 2014 following complaints and released on bail of $10,000.

Teacher abused his position of trust

Sexual harassment attorney for the student claims that Cohan used his position of trust as a teacher to exploit, sexually harass, and intimidate his clients.

Cohan is a sick person

The lawsuit alleges that the teacher threatened to report to the school administration that the plaintiff was cheating in school if he did not agree to come to his house in New Hartford. The student visited the Spanish teacher’s house in May 2014, and was forced to drink five shots of whiskey, after which he passed out, according to the lawsuit. When he woke up, he found himself covered in vomit and with his zipper down, but could not recall the details of what took place the previous night.

iGate in news for wrong reasons again

Yet another scandal rocks iGate, as the IT services legal head, Mukund Srinath faces a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former senior executive Karetha Dodd.

Two years back, iGate was in the news for the wrong reasons when it’s then CEO, Phaneesh Murthy was fired for sexually harassing Araceli Roiz, the firm’s investor relations head.

Dodd has said in her lawsuit that she had to travel to Bengaluru where Srinath, her supervisor was based, from California where she was employed. Srinath reportedly propositioned her and sexually harassed her, and when she refused to cooperate, he withheld her promotion. The lawsuit says that because of these actions, Dodd was forced to leave the company.

Sexual harassment attorneys that now represent Dodd had also defended Roiz in the previous case.