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Police: Camp counselor put hands around 8-year-old's neck

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Vicente Ithier-Vicenty faces strangulation and risk of injury charges. (Newington police photo) Vicente Ithier-Vicenty faces strangulation and risk of injury charges. (Newington police photo)

A camp counselor in Newington is accused of putting his hands around the throat of an 8-year-old.

Police said the incident at the camp run inside Town Hall on Monday and was witnessed by a staff member who intervened and reported it to his superiors. 

"One camp counselor glanced over and saw the other with his hands over the throat of one of the children," Newington Police Lt. Michael Morgan said. 

Police said that counselor was 22-year-old Vicente Ithier-Vicenty. He was transported to the parks and recreation department at the Newington Town Hall and then to the police department where he was charged with third-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor.

Town officials and the police contacted the child's parents and after the interviews, Ithier-Vicenty was arrested.  

The child is expected to be OK. 

Even after interviewing Ithier-Vicenty, they still don't know what set him off, but police said they are confident this was no joke, no horseplay.

Ithier-Vicenty was immediately suspended without pay by the department until the investigation is over. Town officials said Ithier-Vicenty was a counselor for several years and never had an issue with him until Monday.  

The incident left parents scratching their heads in disgust.

"It's totally unacceptable and kind of scary. Think about it. Your kids are going to camp, and you want them to be safe," said Newington parent Daniel Petrulis. "Now, it makes me think twice. You have to, as a parent, look into the camp to make sure they do their background checks on who they're hiring as well."

Newington officials told Eyewitness News they do run background checks on all town employees and the one for Ithier-Vicenty came back clean. 

Town officials said they have camps at Newington Town Hall, Churchill park and another school. The camps, which cost between $100 to $200, are over at the end of August. 

Ithier-Vicenty was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond. He'll face a judge Aug. 11 in New Britain Superior Court, according to police.

Eyewitness News went to Ithier-Vicenty's home on Harris Avenue in Newington, but no one answered the door. 

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