Former high school teacher charged again
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | February 07,2013
BENNINGTON — A former Bennington high school teacher was back in court Wednesday and charged with breaking a 24-hour curfew by going to the Bennington County state’s attorney’s office without permission Tuesday.
Steven P. Davis, of Troy, N.Y., pleaded innocent in Bennington criminal court Monday to the misdemeanor charge of violating his conditions of release from custody. He was released without bail but ordered to continue to observe the 24-hour curfew.
Davis had been on a leave of absence from Mount Anthony Union High School but school officials had not publicly commented on his future at the school district. However, in his application for a public defender, Davis said he no longer worked for the high school or the supervisory union.
He also said in a motion filed Tuesday that he plans to seek a new home and job in Troy. Sean-Marie Oller, chairwoman of the School Boards that oversee Mount Anthony and the supervisory union, said Wednesday that she couldn’t comment on personnel issues.
In an affidavit, Officer Robert Murawski of the Bennington Police Department said he was called to the Vermont state office building in Bennington around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday where he was told Davis had been in violation of a judge’s order from Jan. 28.
Davis was arraigned Jan. 28 in Bennington criminal court on a felony charge of unlawful trespass into an occupied home and a misdemeanor charge of violating an abuse prevention order against his wife.
Police said they believed Davis had broken into the home he once shared with his wife Jan. 27 even though an abuse prevention order, issued Jan. 15, said Davis must stay away from the home.
On Wednesday, Susan McManus, an attorney who represented Davis, asked Judge Cortland Corsones to reduce the curfew so Davis could look for a new home and job. She told the court he has to leave the hotel Friday.
Corsones rejected the request. He ordered Davis to return to court Friday to present information to the court about his proposed new address so Corsones can decide whether it’s an acceptable residence.
In January, Davis attracted attention because he posted what some called “disturbing” comments and videos that were critical of Mount Anthony Union High School teachers and administrators from the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union.
Soon after, police confiscated a Bushmaster semiautomatic assault rifle, about 500 rounds of ammunition and two magazines from Davis although police said Davis had not made any direct threats against the school or its employees.