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A Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District teacher has been accused of having inappropriate contact with a student.
Michael Loiacano, a seventh grade English teacher, was arrested Monday on charges of forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, after an investigation by the Frankfort Police Department and the Herkimer County Child Advocacy Center, according to police.
Loiacano was arraigned in village court and released on his own recognizance to appear in village court at a later date.
Frankfort-Schuyler School Superintendent Robert Reina confirmed in a written statement he had been notified of the arrest and said Loiacano is a tenured middle school English teacher, but is currently on leave from his position.
“As we understand it, the charges involve a former student at Frankfort-Schuyler High School,” said Reina. “We do not have any information that would indicate that any other current or former students are involved in the matter. The district has not yet been provided with all of the specifics of the criminal charges and cannot comment further at this time.”
He said he understands the criminal investigation is in its early stages and the Herkimer County District Attorney’s office has taken the lead in investigating the matter. “The district has been or will be cooperating fully with the district attorney’s office, police, State Education Department and any other governmental agencies that may become involved in the case. The district has also fulfilled all applicable reporting requirements.”
Reina stressed while the charges are serious, they “are only accusations at this point and Mr. Loiacano, like all citizens, is presumed innocent of any criminal offense unless and until he is proven guilty in a court of law.”
He added, “We intend to take all steps necessary to respect Mr. Loiacano’s rights while, at the same time, taking all prudent steps to ensure the welfare and safety of our students.”
He encouraged anyone with evidence of Loiacano’s guilt or innocence contact the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office at 867-1155.
Police said anyone with information they feel is important to the case may call the police department at 895-7566. All calls should be directed to Chief Ronald Petrie and will be kept confidential.