Feb. 4, 2013

Brittany Larson, a former social worker at Devereux Glenholme School in Washington, entered a plea of guilty Feb. 1 to charges she had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student under her supervision.

She will be sentenced April 30 on a charge of second-degree assault.

Circumstances of the charge are the victim was a student at the school while Ms. Larson, a New Milford resident, was an employee there when the crime occurred, according to court records.

Ms. Larson, the former Brittany Popilowski, is free on $25,000 bond.

Ms. Larson, 28, admitted Friday in Superior Court in Litchfield to an affair with the youth.

Friday was to be the first day of motions for a jury trial in the case.

In June of 2012, Ms. Larson had turned down a plea deal offered by the state's attorney of a 10-year prison sentenced, to be suspended after 15 months with 10 years of probation.

At that time, her attorney, Robert F. Dwyer Jr., said she wanted her case to go to a jury trial. Mr. Dwyer has not yet made comment on Friday's plea.

Devereux Glenholme School specializes in teaching students from age 10 to 18 with Asperger's syndrome and other learning challenges.

Ms. Larson's arrest in October 2011 came on the heels of a month-long state police investigation that found she had been carrying on a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student, authorities said.

She was fired in October from her position at Glenholme.

The school had contacted the state police requesting an investigation, according to Lt. J. Paul Vance, public information officer.