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Former Outback director turns himself in to police

Updated 4:20 pm, Thursday, February 27, 2014

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  • Outback Teen Center's former director Andrew Barer was arrested Thursday, Feb. 27, on a breach of peach charge. Photo: Contributed Photo, Nelson Oliveira / New Canaan News
    Outback Teen Center's former director Andrew Barer was arrested Thursday, Feb. 27, on a breach of peach charge. Photo: Contributed Photo, Nelson Oliveira

 

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Andrew Barer, the former Outback Teen Center youth program director, who was under police investigation for a comment made to Saxe Middle School students, turned himself in to police Thursday morning after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

Barer, 52, of 8 Hayes St., Easton, was arrested on a charge of breach of peace and was released on a promise to appear in court March 12.

The warrant was issued Wednesday morning.

Police received a report Jan. 16 that Barer made inappropriate comments to a group of six to 10 students at Saxe Middle School.

Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said she could not disclose the specifics of Barer's comments, but she said "they were inappropriate to be making to youths."

When told by someone who overheard the alleged comments in the cafeteria, Principal Greg Macedo escorted Barer off the school grounds, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said last month.

Barer was terminated from the teen center Jan. 17, about two months after he was hired.

Sangeeta Appel, president of the teen center's board of directors, would neither confirm or deny that the investigation played a role in his termination. "He's no longer with us," Appel said at the time. "It just didn't work out."

Barer did not want to comment on the outcome of the investigation.

"I have nothing to say about it at this time," he said Wednesday.

In January, Barer told the New Canaan News that the incident "seems to be an extraordinary misunderstanding."

Police said Barer was in the middle school Jan. 15 to speak about the Outback. Macedo called police the next day to report the incident, after he received a call from the parent of one the boys who was in the cafeteria, police said.

Barer was hired in November and was working part time at the Outback. He is also the founder and director of the life coaching organization Wingspan Academy, where he gives young men professional advice on their personal issues. Barer is a certified master, life, and youth and family coach.

noliveira@bcnnew.com, 203-330-6582: @olivnelson