HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane is disputing the need for legislation punishing parents or guardians with a misdemeanor, rather than a felony, for intentionally enrolling their child in a school district where they don't reside.
Kane told the legislature's Judiciary Committee on Monday it is "extremely unusual" for someone to be charged with felony first-degree larceny for stealing services from a community.
He predicted "an awful lot more criminal complaints" filed if the crime is punishable by a misdemeanor.
In 2012, a Bridgeport woman pleaded guilty to larceny for enrolling her 5-year-old son in the Norwalk public schools. She was sentenced to five years, to run concurrently with a separate 5-year sentence in a narcotics case.
A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in prison.
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