Friday, October 17, 2008


DCF Principal Charged In Dispute With Tenant

By DAVID OWENS | The Hartford Courant
October 17, 2008

The principal of the Walter G. Cady School at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown is scheduled to appear Monday in Superior Court after his arrest on charges that he damaged his tenant's door.

John A. Mattera, 55, of New Hartford, was charged Saturday with attempted third-degree burglary, disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal mischief after a dispute at his home with a tenant, state police at the Canaan barracks said.

The dispute occurred in Mattera's home at 373 Main St., which assessor's records list as a single-family residence. Mattera was released on $1,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Bantam, a section of Litchfield.

Gary Kleeblatt, a spokesman for the state Department of Children and Families, which oversees the training school, said Thursday that Mattera notified the DCF commissioner of his arrest, as required by agency policy.

"We're reviewing the matter," Kleeblatt said. The allegations against him do not involve children, so Mattera will remain in his position, Kleeblatt said.

Mattera did not respond to a request for comment. His voice mail message at the Cady School indicates he will be leaving his job there for a position in DCF headquarters in early November. Kleeblatt said Mattera's move away from the Cady School is not related to his arrest.

Mattera's tenure at the Cady School has not been without controversy.

He is being sued by three people charging discrimination. And Mattera is suing a former subordinate claiming that she disparaged him when she accused him of professional and sexual misconduct in the workplace. Thatlawsuit is scheduled for trial in December.

In 2002, a secretary filed a harassment and sexual harassment complaint against Mattera and said she was frightened for her safety. The complaint was filed during Mattera's first stint as principal at the Cady School. Officials at DCF investigated the complaint. Mattera denied any unfair or inappropriate treatment of the secretary.

Records show the agency resolved the matter by entering into an agreementwith Mattera through which he was removed from his training school post and given a job at equal pay in the agency's Hartford headquarters.

Mattera returned to the training school in 2007. His former secretary had moved to another job at nearby Riverview Hospital, which DCF also runs. Mattera's return to the training school came with one condition: According to sources familiar with the matter and internal notices obtained by The Courant, Mattera must give the secretary 24 hours' notice if he is to visit Riverview on business.

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Blogger Sarah said...

There was children involved, it's in the police report, his youngest foster child was banging on the walls/yelling outside under his direction to do so. He was so inebriated he broke the window, after kicking the screen door in. He then started kicking the wooden door. I have the video if anyone is interested. Post your email, and I'll send You can't see his face because we had the shade down, but you see and hear the door being kicked, then the window breaking and the glass falling.

Sat Feb 14, 10:48:00 PM 2009  
Blogger The_SRV said...

I like to hear more and I'd like to see the video.

My email is

Sun Feb 15, 05:43:00 AM 2009  

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