FRANKFORT NY Aug 25 2013
A teacher in the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District has been accused of having inappropriate contact with a student.
Police say Michael Loiacano, a seventh-grade English teacher, was arrested Monday after an investigation by the Frankfort Police Department and the Herkimer County Child Advocacy Center.
He’s charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, police said.
Loiacano was arraigned in Frankfort Village Court and released on his own recognizance to appear in court at a later date, police said.
Frankfort-Schuyler Superintendent Robert Reina issued a statement Thursday after learning of the arrest, saying that Loiacano is a tenured middle school teacher who is currently on leave from his position, and that the accusations came from a former student at the district’s high school.
“We do not have any information that would indicate that any other current or former students are involved in the matter,” Reina said in the statement. “The District has not yet been provided with all of the specifics of the criminal charges, and cannot comment further at this time.”
Reina went on to say that the district is fully cooperating with the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office.
“As we understand it, the charges, although serious in nature, are only accusations at this point, and Mr. Loiacano, like all citiznes, is presumed innocent of any criminal offense unless and until he is proven guilty in a court of law,” he wrote. “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.”
Police said anyone with information they feel is important to the case can call the police department at 895-7566. All calls should be directed to Chief Ronald Petrie, and all calls will be kept confidential.