NYSP: Fort Ann teacher charged for forcibly touching student

Mark Cusson (NYSP)

FORT ANN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Fort Ann teacher was arrested by the New York State Police for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a student.

Mark Cusson was a social studies teacher at Fort Ann High School for about 15 years. He was arrested for Forcible Touching of a 17-year-old female student on two separate occasions, according to police.

NYSP describe forcible touching as when someone “intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touch the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of abusing or degrading the other person or for the purpose of gratifying their own sexual desire.”

Fort Ann Central School District Superintendent Kevin Froats said the safety and well-being of students is his biggest concern. Therefore, he said he took the accusations against Cusson very seriously.

“A student reported – made an allegation – to our high school principal Dan Warden,” Froats said.

Froats said the student’s report came in on December 15, and the school district called the state police.

“We’ve also been keeping a close eye on our students to make sure that they feel safe and secure when they come to school,” he said.

Froats said Cusson was placed on administrative leave after he had a conversation with the teacher on December 15.

“He has not returned to his teaching duties since,” Froats said. “Currently, he’s still being paid.”

Cusson was also arrested for Harassment in the Second Degree and Criminal Solicitation. NYSP said he allegedly attempted to have someone remove Facebook messages, which could have contained evidence implicating him in the inappropriate contact.

Froats would not comment on whether there had been any other allegations against Cusson in the past.

“I am not going to make any comments because of the investigation that is taking place,” Froats said.

The 52-year-old was arraigned in Fort Ann Village Court. He is to reappear in court at a later date. An order of protection was issued banning Cusson from having any contact with the student.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State Police in Greenwich at (518) 692-3015 or in Granville at (518) 642-0599.

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