Accused of sexually abusing horseback riding student
A Connecticut horseback riding instructor from Valley View Stables is charged with sexually assaulting a former riding student.
Michael Sobieniak, 41, of Brooklyn, is charged with risk of injury to a minor and three counts each of second-degree sexual assault and illegal sexual contact with a child.
The 22-year-old woman reported the alleged sexual assault to Connecticut State Police in October 2015.
Authorities state the victim reported she started taking riding lessons at the stable when she was 13. She told troopers she worked for Sobieniak to pay for her time in the saddle. From the age of 13 to 15, the victim alleges she had sex with Sobieniak.
Valley View Stables in Dayville offers horse boarding, riding instruction, horse training, pony parties, and more, according to its website. Amy Lyons is the owner of the stable.
Detectives obtained a warrant for Sobieniak’s arrest after their investigation. He turned himself into state police Thursday and was arraigned in Danielson Superior Court.
He was released on $35,000 bond.
Sobieniak is scheduled to be back in court on July 20.