Affidavit: Former Stamford substitute teacher made students, staff ‘uncomfortable’
Joseph Lombardo, 60, of Norwalk, who was charged this week with destroying evidence as police investigated claims of his inappropriate behavior, continued to serve as a substitute teacher for 10 days last spring after the first official complaint was made to Stamford Public Schools’ central office, according to his arrest affidavit.
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Lombardo continued to work as a substitute in the district until he was suspended on March 29 when police were
Lombardo denied the accusations and told police he erased all of his text messages to the student, the affidavit said. Lombardo told police he deleted the messages because he knew they would look for them, the affidavit said.
Peter Yazbak, director of communications for the state Department of Education, said Lombardo worked at Wright Tech from 1983 to 1995.
The Westhill student, who was a sophomore, said Lombardo was “clingy” and made comments about her clothing, the affidavit said.
Westhill Dean of Students Tom Pereira told police he “documented the incident and notified the people who needed to be notified,” the affidavit said.
Rivera said she requested Lombardo be placed on a do-not-call list after another AITE substitute teacher complained he was trying to get the attention of a student in her class on March 15, the affidavit said.
The teacher closed the door, but said Lombardo continued to look through the window for about a half an hour, the affidavit said.
The freshman student told the teacher she felt Lombardo was following her, the affidavit said. A few days later, Rivera said she received similar complaints about Lombardo from other students who said he made comments about their appearance and followed them, the affidavit.
Staff writer Erin Kayata contributed to this story.