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    Staff Member Arrested for Beating S

    Staff Member Arrested for Beating S

    On Tuesday, July 2, 2024, Trumbull Police arrested an ICES staff member for physically assaulting a non-verbal special needs student with a metal cane causing injuries requiring medical treatment. Andre Dickens, age 53, of Shelley Street, Waterbury, was at the school where he was taken into police custody and charged for his actions in the attack.

    At approximately 3:00 PM, officers were called to 12 Cambridge Drive (ICES) to a complaint of an assault on a student. Police learned that earlier that morning, staff member Andre Dickens was sitting in a chair across the room from the 41-year-old, non-verbal, student who was sitting in a bean bag. Dickens, being unprovoked, got up from his seat, went over to student then beat the student with a cane. Dickens struck the student several times causing lacerations and facial injuries, as the student tried to climb away from Dickens.

    Dickens told staff members that the student had tripped and fallen causing their own injuries, therefore Dickens drove the student to Bridgeport Hospital for medical treatment. Dickens later returned to ICES, leaving the student at the hospital to receive medical treatment. When later questioned, Dickens stated that he did not strike the student, but only chased the student around while holding his cane. Police investigation and video recordings of the incident showed otherwise.

    Dickens arrested and brought to Trumbull Police Headquarters where was processed and charged with Assault Second – Disabled / Intellectual Disabled Person. Dicken was held on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on July 16, 2024.

    Dickens was “Direct Support Professional” employed by ICES, which is a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program that provides supported living services for adults with disabilities.

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