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Retired Stratford Teacher, Out On Probation, Charged With Attacking Wife

Bridgeport olice have charged a retired teacher with choking his wife until she passed out.
Bridgeport olice have charged a retired teacher with choking his wife until she passed out. Photo Credit: File

STRATFORD, Conn. -- A retired teacher who is on probation after a bizarre incident involving a gun, his dog and pot plants, is again in hot water with the law, according to a report by ctpost.com.

Richard Watt, 60, a former social studies teacher at Stratford High School, was released from custody nine days ago and is now charged with trying to throttle his wife, ctpost.com reported.

In the Saturday incident, Watt chocked his wife until she passed out and was arrested on charges of second-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct, the ctpost.com said.

Neighbors told local police they already feared for their safety after the first incident, in September, when Watt himself called police and took his pet hostage, threatening to shoot and eat it, the ctpost.com story said.

The pot plants were discovered when police searched his home after the incident, ctpost.com reported. Watt pleaded guilty March 3 to assault on a public safety officer and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, ctpost.com said.

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