The Stamford High School teacher accused of threatening to fail an 18-year-old student if he did not have sex with her, and of providing him and a friend with marijuana was unable to make her scheduled arraignment Thursday at the Stamford courthouse because she remains in a Danbury psychiatric hospital.
Rob Serafinowicz, the attorney for Danielle Watkins, 32, of Norwalk said that Watkins is committed to her treatment and received permission from a Stamford judge to reschedule her arraignment for Sept. 22. Serafinowicz said he felt certain that she would plead not guilty to the charges against her when she is able to come to court.
Watkins, 32, of Fort Point Street, Norwalk, was charged by police in July with two counts each of sexual assault and sale of marijuana and one count of risk of injury to a minor.
She is free on $100,000 bond. After her arrest earlier in July on a marijuana charge, Watkins entered Silver Hill sanitarium in New Canaan. Since that time, according to documents placed in her court file, she was admitted into the BlueSky Behavioral Health center in Danbury, which offers services that range from treatment of mental health problems to addiction.
A letter from a BlueSky employee to the criminal court clerk’s office said Watkins checked into the facility’s Extended Treatment Program on July 17. Although BlueSky is a treatment program that addresses both mental illness and substance abuse issues, Watkins is receiving treatment to address her mood and anxiety issues.
The letter also said she has been an active participant in the treatment and attends clinical groups five days a week as well as taking individual therapy and medication management.