Westhill substitute to be arraigned

st0227stluecke-690STAMFORD — The 72-year-old substitute teacher allegedly caught masturbating in the hallway at Westhill High School Wednesday morning will be arraigned in state Superior Court in Stamford this afternoon.

Michael Luecke is facing charges of public indecency, second-degree breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor for the alleged incident in which police said he was masturbating in a school stairwell while looking out at the courtyard of the school.

According to police, at about 7:33 a.m. Luecke was spotted lying on the floor by a teacher’s assistant who thought he was injured. When she got closer, she realized the man had his hand in his pants and he was fully aroused, police said.

The assistant then yelled at Luecke and notified school officials. Luecke ran off at that point, police said.

School principal Camille Figluizzi said she called police and turned over video surveillance of the incident.

Figluizzi said class was in session at the time and the students who passed by Luecke’s location in the Raynor house of the building did not seem to notice the incident.

According to police, six students passed the location while Luecke was masturbating. Police said they are in the process of identifying the students to determine if there’s a need for counseling.

A news release by Lt. Diedrich Hohn said video surveillance tape was recovered showing Luecke in a corner of a stairwell in the Raynor building at 7:30 a.m. suspiciously manipulating the front of his pants while looking at students in the courtyard.

Once he was identified, Luecke was found in the classroom he was overseeing, and removed. He was brought to the main office and detained by school resource officers.

According to a bankrupcy filing from April 2013, Luecke, a former biotechnology consultant, was employed by both Stamford and Greenwich school districts as a substitute teacher.

The district did not confirm Luecke’s name, but did say he had been employed as a high school substitute since 2009.

Luecke was being held on $25,000 and was placed under suicide watch awaiting his appearance in court Thursday afternoon.

Jonathan Lucas