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Former Claremont mayor, teacher set for plea hearing in student sex-assault case

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 2/21/2020 10:20:55 PM
Modified: 2/21/2020 10:20:41 PM

NEWPORT — A former Claremont mayor and substitute teacher accused of inappropriately touching a special needs student will return to court for a plea hearing next month.

George T. Caccavaro, 79, will appear in Newport District Court on March 10 for a hearing on a potential plea deal, according to Sullivan County Assistant Attorney Christine Hilliard, though she declined to offer details on what Caccavaro might plead to.

Caccavaro, who faced two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault stemming from the February 2019 incident, was recently charged with two counts of simple assault. Hilliard said the simple assault charges are also related to the 2019 incident, but she declined to say why the additional charges were brought forth.

The Claremont man is accused of grabbing the buttocks of the Stevens High School special-needs student, who is over 18, and thrusting his pelvis against her during a hug while they were on a school trip to volunteer at a local nonprofit, according to an affidavit from Claremont police Detective Casey Piehl filed in Claremont district court.

As a general practice, the Valley News doesn’t identify the victims of alleged sex crimes.

Caccavaro had expressed remorse for his alleged actions in emails to investigators last fall, writing, “I over-reacted by hugging her back while squeezing her buttocks and moving both my hips and hands inappropriately,” according to a police affidavit.

The former substitute teacher worked for the Claremont School District from early 2017 until the investigation in February 2019, according to a spokesperson for the school district.

He also worked as a business administrator at the Newport School District, from which he resigned in October, and is a former business administrator for the Mascoma Valley Regional School District.

Caccavaro served for a time as mayor of Claremont in the late 1980s and also was the CEO of Cone Blanchard in Windsor.

Caccavaro pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor sexual assault charges in December. A message to his attorney, George Ostler, was not returned Friday.

Anna Merriman can be reached at amerriman@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.




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