Brunswick school custodian charged with unlawful sexual touching of a minor

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BRUNSWICK — A custodian who worked the night shift at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School has been issued a criminal summons for unlawful sexual touching of a minor.

Earl Ater, 59, was issued a summons March 31 by Brunswick police. The alleged victim, a 16-year-old girl, was not a Brunswick student, according to Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski.

“We were notified that day (by police),” Perzanoski said Wednesday, “and (Ater) was placed on leave April 1.” He added that Ater did not work on March 31.

The School Department sent a letter to parents April 6. “We let them know what happened … and that at no time were any kids in danger,” Perzanoski said. He added that Ater is still on leave.

Brunswick police would not release additional details of the case Wednesday, citing an ongoing investigation.

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  • Chew H Bird

    “and that at no time were any kids in danger,” Perzanoski said.” Really? I thought this article stated a 16 year old girl is the alleged victim?

    And, why is a 16 year old girl even within arms length of a custodian who is working the night shift? Are kids supposed to be at the school during the night shift? Isn’t the Harriet Beecher Stowe school a grade school? When I was 16 years old I was in high school…

    The custodian is on leave? Is this paid leave or not?

    If a 16 year old girl has made a complaint about a custodian during the night shift at an elementary school it would seem to me there is enough “fishy” about the situation to have a little more to this article… Stating that no kids were in danger is a significant mis-statement when the alleged victim is a kid…

    • InThrall

      “The alleged victim, a 16-year-old girl, was not a Brunswick student, according to Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski.” Nowhere does the article indicate that the unlawful sexual touching occurred at the school. The victim could be a child in the custodian’s family, neighborhood, or circle of friends.