UPDATE: Darien High freshman lacrosse coach “relieved of his duties” after arrest

UPDATE 5 p.m. — In response to a comment from the district that a Darien High School freshman lacrosse coach had been relieved of his duties,  Raul Bourgeois’s attorney Mark Sherman said his client had resigned his position earlier Saturday.

Sherman said his client was put on leave but has not received any notice of termination.

Bourgeois resigned because he felt it was in the best interest of the team and his rehabilition efforts, Sherman said.

“He is grateful for the friendships, inspiration and opportunities the job provided,” Sherman said.

12:30 p.m. — The Darien High School freshman lacrosse coach who was arrested Thursday by Waterbury police in Darien has been “relieved of his duties,” according to longtime school lacrosse Coach Jeff Brameier. The school district confirmed his statement.

Earlier Saturday, Raul Bourgeois’ attorney Mark Sherman said the coach had been placed on administrative leave. He also said Bourgeois plans to plead not guilty at his arraignment.

Saturday 9:20 a.m. The attorney for a a freshman lacrosse coach from Darien High School who was arrested Thursday said the coach never posed a threat to students or athletes. Charges have not been made public yet for Raul Bourgeois, who was taken into custody around 2 p.m. Thursday by Darien Police on the school campus and brought to Darien Police Station where he was arrested by Waterbury Police on the basis of an “active arrest warrant,” Darien Police said. Darien Police and the school district have not commented on the arrest. Waterbury Police did not respond to a request for a comment on the charges.

There was not paperwork in the system yet as per the Waterbury criminal court clerk as of Friday.

“At no time were students at Darien High School at risk,” Darien Police said.

Mark Sherman, Bourgeois’s Stamford-based criminal attorney said that it would be premature to comment on case specifics but noted that “at no point in time were any students or athletes in danger or at risk.”  Sherman expects his client to enter a not guilty plea at his arraignment and will begin to review the police reports once they become available.

Bourgeois is currently on administrative leave from his freshman lacrosse job, Sherman said.

The email sent to parents by Darien High School principal Ellen Dunn Thursday is below.

Dear DHS Families,

This afternoon at about 2:30, one of the freshmen lacrosse coaches was taken to the Darien Police Station where he was later arrested by Waterbury Police Officers.  We have no further details at this time regarding the arrest.   As information becomes available we will share it with you where possible.  Coach Brameier has been informed and the coaching staff will be adjusted in order to meet the needs of our student athletes, including staffing tomorrow’s contests in New Jersey. 

Sincerely,

Ellen Dunn

DHS Principal