FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A computer tech for the Farmington school system was arrested for trying to have sex with a cow while another man shot video.
Tuesday, it seemed everybody in Farmington was talking about the arrests.
When told that two guys were arrested for having sexual relations with a cow, a woman said, “oh! I have heard about that. He worked for the Farmington school system. I didn’t know that. That’s sick!”
When word came to the school district that one of their employees, Reid Fontaine, was arrested in New York, Farmington police launched their own investigation. They found out that a farmer was worried about his cows because they appeared agitated and weren’t producing milk.
So he hid cameras in the barn to find out why.
New York State Police say the two men were caught on camera, Michael Jones allegedly was recording Reid Fontaine performing a sex act on a farm animal.
“I couldn’t believe it! I just… what! No never and then I was like, wow, it’s bizarre,” said Gerilynne Carnelli.
Gerilynne Carnelli works as a special education teacher in Farmington and was relieved to hear Fontaine did not have contact with students. The superintendent says:
“The former employee did not provide instruction to students nor did he have responsibilities involving direct student contact… Once we learned of the arrest of this individual, we took immediate and swift action.”
“The school immediately sent an email, that was it boom, they assessed it took care of it, done,” said Carnelli.
The superintendent says Reid Fontaine had only been working at the school district for about six months. At that time he had to undergo an extensive background check. A criminal check by the Farmington police but also an FBI background check. She says he came up clean. He had no criminal history that they could detect.
“I think the town is very relieved that it was taken care of,” said Carnelli.
“Farmington public schools released the following statement regarding Fontaine’s arrest:
On Sunday, February 23, the school district was made aware of allegations against a non-certified employee who has worked in the district for the past six (6) months. We were informed that IT Network Specialist, Reid Fontaine, was arrested in another state and is currently facing charges that are unrelated to the school district. Given the nature of the allegations, the district immediately initiated an internal protocol, contacting the Farmington Police Department to promptly investigate. Chief Melanson contacted law enforcement officials in the state where the arrest was made as part of the investigation. Late Sunday evening, Mr. Fontaine resigned from his position, and he is no longer an employee of the Farmington schools.
The former employee did not provide instruction to students nor did he have responsibilities involving direct student contact. As IT Network Specialist, his job involved the maintenance of the district’s technology infrastructure and hardware. When this former employee was hired, a mandatory and comprehensive criminal background check was administered through local law enforcement and the FBI. He had no previous criminal activity or issues in his background check.
The Board of Education and school district place student safety as our highest priority. Once we learned of the arrest of this individual, we took immediate and swift action. “