SOUTHINGTON - Charges have been dropped against an Avon woman who had been accused of harassing a professor at the now-closed Lincoln College of New England.
Annette Scatton, 29, had faced four counts of second-degree harassment when she was granted a diversionary program in October 2019. She was required to abide by court-ordered conditions until the end of the program last week to earn a dismissal on all charges.
According to judicial records, Scatton was not required to attend the proceeding in New Britain Superior Court last week. Following the hearing, judicial records indicated the charges had been dropped.
The four counts of harassment stemmed from a number of emails and messages allegedly sent in fall 2018 on Facebook to Scatton’s 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 alleged.
According to the arrest warrant, the harassment was reported to police on Nov. 24, 2018. The complainant said emails and messages had been sent to him throughout the fall of that year.
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 of 2018. During the first week of November that year, 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, permanently closed in December 2018.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.