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Outback Center Employee Fired, Being Investigated by New Canaan Police

Outback Teen Center Youth Program Director Andrew Barer has been released from his position and is simultaneously being investigated for an incident that occurred with a group of students at Saxe Middle School, authorities said Friday.

According to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, Barer was visiting Saxe on January 15 to discuss the center and the programs it offers with students at the school. On January 16, authorities were notified by the school's principal that Barer allegedly made inappropriate comments to a group of of roughly 6 to 10 boys there, Ogrinc said. 

One of the students went home and informed his parents of the alleged comments, Ogrinc said, who in turned contacted the school principal.

President of the Outback Board of Directors Sangeeta Appel confirmed Barer, who had only been hired a couple of months ago, had been terminated, but wouldn't comment further on the reasons behind the firing or any connection to the investigation, citing the incident as a confidential "personnel matter."

"He's been let go from his position," Appel said. "I have not seen anything from the police department."

Ogrinc could not disclose the nature of the alleged comments as an investigation is ongoing. No charges have been levied against Barer at this time.


Mr. Howell January 24, 2014 at 08:07 PM
I think they are being kind in saying that he was giving a "presentation." He and Other Outback representatives regularly hold court at Saxe trying to get kids to go the Outback. And it's a sore spot with parents, many of whom want their kids nowhere near the Outback. The $300,000 safety monitors are busy ID-ing moms while questionable people roam freely. Meanwhile there has been no statement by the schools as to what actually happened, or why, after asking this man to vacate the premises, the police were not immediately called, rather they waited for a parent to complain. Why do we even let the Outback in our schools?
Lampooner January 26, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Mr. Howell- Is it not obvious? So they can have more 'dances' with 150+ intoxicated teens aimlessly walking the building like baboons. Even worse, when the police are inevitably called, they blame it on five or six 'bad apples', even though this is the 4th time in 3 years where the police have shut down one of the trademarked, 'Outback Teen Drinking Parties'. When they officially shut down these events, once and for all, it will be clear they will have learned a lesson, but as of right now, that is not the case.
MAC February 05, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Barer's comments to the students, and his BAD judgment must have been truly egregious--for the principal to report it to police, AND for him to be immediately fired.......................................... This youth center seems to have an extremely troubled history, to put it mildly. Maybe parents would be better off to take their children to CHURCH regularly, get them involved with activities there and as Boy Scouts, etc., and teach them how to WORK, be of service to others, AND how to have fun WITHOUT DRINKING!............................................................................ At the very least, if this center is going to remain open, then they need to do a far more thorough job of vetting their employees. Getting someone with a Scouting and faithful religious person would be a good start.
GARY SIMONE March 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM
LET ME ASK BOTH OF YOU , HAVE YOU EVER STEP FOOT INTO THE TEEN CTR?? OF COURSE YOU HAVE NOT, YET YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM SITING BACK AND TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT,, THROW STONES,,,,HAVE EITHER OF YOU HAVE A CLUE HOW TO WORK WITH TEENS ?? RELIGIOUS VALUES ARE GREAT, AND LETS NOT LET THE BOY SCOUTS OFF THE HOOK, THEY HAVE HAD THERE SHARE OF ISSUES, YOU BOTH MISS THE POINT, NOTHING IS PERFECT, BUT WE TRY TO HELP, WE TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND YOU ARE EITHER PART OF THE PROBLEM OR PART OF THE SOLUTION, HOWELL / MAC WHAT ARE YOU TWO??
MAC March 14, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Gary, I don't live in New Canaan, and applaud any genuine efforts to help kids. That said, it remains an unfortunate FACT that too many parents are focused too much on their careers and THINGS, and are not great parents--or even good ones, in some cases. Many are also very BAD examples when it comes to drinking--so they in effect CAUSE the very problems that the broader society, schools, police etc. are trying to ameliorate.
GARY SIMONE March 14, 2014 at 06:50 PM
I RAN A TEEN CTR,BEEN WORKING WITH TEENS / KIDS FOR 35 YRS, ALL DUE RESPECT WHEN I SEE COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER SET FOOT INTO A CTR, THEN HOW CAN YOU OR ANYONE COMMENT, AND WHY ARE WE SO FAST TO JUDGE mR bAUER, DO YOU KNOW HIM ???,,yES PARENTS ARE NOT GREAT EXAMPLES, THAT IS WHY TEEN CTRS NEED TO BE SUPPORTED BECAUSE WE NEED PLACES THAT FILL THE GAPS DUE TO BAD PARENTS, TRUST ME IT IS NOT EASY, NOT A EASY JOB AT ALL, BUT ALL THE NON DOERS HAVE A OPINION ,,
GARY SIMONE March 14, 2014 at 06:53 PM
MR HOWELL,, YOU ARE A VERY SCARY PERSON,, YOUR COMMENTS ARE OFF THE CHARTS,, LET ME ASK YOU, HAVE YOU EVER WORKED OF VOLUNTERED AT THE CTR, AND WERE DO YOU GET YOUR FACTS FROM?? GOSIP??,, PEOPLE LIKE YOU SCARE THE HELL OUT OF ME

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