Greenwich Church Fires Organist Charged With Risk Of Injury To Child

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GREENWICH, Conn. -- A music teacher arrested after making an “unsuitable request” to a 10-year-old student during a private lesson has been fired from his job at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich, a church official said Friday.  

Greenwich Police charged Sean Jackson, 41, of Stamford, with risk of injury to a child after he turned himself in on Wednesday.

Jackson, a native of Barbados, was the organist and music director at Stanwich Congregational Church was terminated Thursday morning, said Chuck Davis, the church's senior pastor.

Jackson had been placed on suspension on Tuesday after he informed the church he was under police investigation, Davis said.

"It was terrible news and we are deeply saddened," Davis said. "No community wants to go through this."

There are no allegations of anything ever happening on the church's property or connected with the church's ministry, Davis said.

Jackson was also a part-time music instructor at Convent of the Sacred Heart but is no longer employed there, the Greenwich school said in a statement.

"Sean Jackson was a part-time music instructor during the 2013-2014 school year. Mr. Jackson is no longer employed by Convent of the Sacred Heart, and we are not aware of any inappropriate behavior involving our students during the 10 months he was a member of our community," said Kathleen Failla, director of public relations and communications. "We are fully cooperating with the Greenwich Police, who have informed the school that this charge does not involve a CSH student."

Police didn’t release the gender of the 10-year-old student involved, and Lt. Kraig Gray declined to state what the request was. The incident happened at what police said was a private school in town but did not provide a location. Police declined to provide any further details. 

Jackson was released on $500 cash bond and he is scheduled to make his first appearance in state Superior Court in Stamford on July 30.

Jackson, a native of Barbados, has performed in concerts around the world, according to his website. He is a 2004 graduate of The Juilliard School, where he also received both his master’s and doctorate degrees.  

Police are asking anyone if they have experienced any similar incidents or know of any incidents to contact the Special Victims Section at 203-622-8030.

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