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HFM BOCES instructor arrested following allegations of sexual contact with a minor

September 20, 2017 | Filed in HFM Top Stories

An HFM BOCES Career and Technical Center instructor has been placed on administrative leave and arrested by Gloversville Police following allegations of sexual contact with a minor.

On Monday, Sept. 18, HFM BOCES was contacted by a community member who reported a possible inappropriate sexual relationship between a BOCES employee and a minor. BOCES administrators immediately contacted Gloversville police, who launched an investigation.

The BOCES instructor was placed on administrative leave from his teaching position and relieved of all of his duties while the investigation continues. Police arrested the instructor today, Wednesday, Sept. 20. According to police, the alleged sexual contact took place during summer 2017 off school grounds. While the initial tip incorrectly indicated the teacher was a substitute, police were able to identify the individual as a BOCES instructor.

“This is a highly alarming set of allegations, and we took immediate steps to address it,” said HFM District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel. “I’d like to thank the Gloversville Police Department for their professionalism and quick work in this matter. I also want to commend the community member who did the right thing and reported this to us. The safety and well being of our students is always our highest priority, and we will not tolerate behavior of this type.”

BOCES counselors are available to meet privately with students in need of  support.