SOUTHINGTON - An Avon woman has pleaded not guilty to harassing a professor at the now-closed Lincoln College of New England.
Annette Scatton, 27, was issued a protective order during a hearing Monday in Bristol Superior Court. The order bars her from contacting the complainant or coming within 100 yards of him while the case is pending. A violation could expose her to as many as five years in prison.
During the hearing, Scatton pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree harassment in connection with a number of emails and messages sent in the fall on Facebook to her then-professor. In the messages, court documents said, she continually referred to him using a slang term that compared the size of his genitalia to that of a baby. She also used other lewd language to refer to the professor and insulted his wife, the documents continued.
Following her pleas, Scatton’s case was continued to June 4. She is free on $5,000 bond.
According to the arrest warrant, the harassment was reported to police on Nov. 24. The complainant said emails and messages had been sent to him throughout the fall.
The victim began tutoring Scatton in math in August 2017. At that time, the warrant said, Scatton went by Jacob and later changed her name to Annette. The complainant said things were fine with Scatton until he had to correct her regarding a math problem. After that, “things went south” and Scatton made several complaints about the professor’s teaching style, the warrant said.
The complainant said Scatton began harassing him and other faculty members in the fall. During the first week of November, the warrant said, the president of the college told Scatton not to contact any staff members or students at the school, with the exception of the tutor she had been assigned. Scatton was then expelled from the school on Nov. 16 because she allegedly continued to harass staff and students, according to the warrant.
Scatton then sent the victim a number of Facebook messages and emails in which she used lewd language, called him things like a “loser” and insulted him and his wife, police allege in the warrant.
Lincoln College of New England, which was located at 2279 Mount Vernon Road, closed in December.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.