Adjunct professor arrested after allegedly trying to meet with 14-year-old girl


Photo courtesy of Greenwich Police Department.

Mugshot of David Rewcastle, Greenwich, Sept. 23, 2022.

A former University of New Haven professor was arrested on Sept. 23 in Greenwich, Conn. after exchanging sexually explicit messages and trying to meet up with a “14-year-old girl” who was actually an undercover detective, according to Greenwich Police Department.

David Rewcastle, 59, who taught intro-level micro and macroeconomics classes at the university, was charged with criminal attempt at risk of injury to a minor and criminal attempt at enticing a minor by computer.

Police said that Rewcastle took to the internet to befriend who he believed was a 14-year-old female in an online chatroom. The conversations eventually became more sexually charged, according to the police, and he made plans to meet the girl in person. At the meeting, Rewcastle was instead met and arrested by the Greenwich Police Department who worked in conjunction with the FBI.

Rewcastle, who had been an adjunct professor since 2018 was immediately suspended by the university, according to the Director of Communications and Public Relations Dave Cranshaw.

In a statement, a university spokesperson said: “David Rewcastle is a former adjunct professor at the University of New Haven. Upon learning of his arrest, the university immediately suspended him and, subsequently, he was replaced as the adjunct for the classes he was instructing at the university. As this is an active investigation being led by the Greenwich Police Department, the university will have no further comment at this time.”

Since Rewcastle was teaching microeconomics, students are now left with an unclear path forward for the rest of the semester. Freshman sports management major Owen Pincince is one of those students, and said that they have not yet been updated on what is going to happen.

“All we have been told is that the next time we have class, the head of the Econ department is talking to us,” he said.

Rewcastle is awaiting disposition and is due to appear at the Stamford Superior Court on Nov. 21.