Christian Balaj – Charged with sexually assaulting girl while at school

Police arrested an 18-year-old high school student and charged him with sexually assaulting a female student at Ansonia High School.

Christian Balaj, 18, of Platt Street, Ansonia, was charged Tuesday with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He was released after posting $25,000 bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court in Derby on June 23.

Lt. Wayne Williams said that at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, a teacher noticed Balaj and an unidentified 14-year-old female student coming out of an area near the auditorium and called the school’s resource officer. The officer began an investigation and after interviewing the victim, he discovered that she had been sexually assaulted. Williams said the two apparently knew one another, but that the alleged assault was a “non-consensual sex act.”

He said the victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was treated and released.

Williams said the assault took place in a dressing room near the arts area of the school and the auditorium. Balaj has been suspended from school. No other information was available.

Supt. of Schools Carol Merlone said she has not seen an incident such as this at the high school in her 25 years as an educator in Ansonia. “We have a safe, secure environment at the high school,” she said.

Merlone said Balaj has been suspended for 10 days pending an internal investigation the school is conducting. She said that depending on the results of the investigation, the school might take additional action against Balaj, which could include expulsion.

She said school officials acted quickly when the teacher saw the two students coming out of the dressing room. “We did an immediate investigation and called the Ansonia police,” she said.

Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm  Leave a Comment