Now-former Shaker HS teacher charged after alleged inappropriate conduct with student online

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A former teacher at Shaker High School was arrested and charged after he allegedly sent inappropriate messages to a 16-year-old student.

Daniel Weaver was suspended for his actions and was arraigned in Colonie Town Court on Wednesday.

Weaver worked at Shaker High School for nearly 20 years where he taught tenth grade Global Studies. But concerns involving him and a student began at the end of September.

School administrators contacted police on September 21 because students had expressed concerns about Weaver and his relationship with a student. The initial investigation did not reveal any criminal behavior, but over the course of two weeks, a victim was identified and charges were filed.

Weaver was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor.

Police said the charges stem from the 46-year-old repeatedly requesting an in-person meeting, sending gift cards to the victim and requesting and/or sending suggestive photos to the victim through Twitter, e-mail and text.

“That consisted of him using Twitter, text messages and e-mail in an attempt to have an ongoing in person meeting with him,” Colonie Police Lt. Bob Winn said.

The ongoing contact with the male victim took place between June 2015 and Fall 2015.

“There was also an allegation that the student had received several gift cards from this teacher,” Winn said. “All essentially in a nutshell equals an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and the student.”

Superintendent of North Colonie Central Schools Daniel Corr said the incident was posted on the school district’s website to inform students, staff and parents.

“I feel very, very concerned, and I think the safety and security of our students are always first and foremost,” he said.

While police have not found any evidence of physical contact between Weaver and the victim, police said they’re trying to determine if more victims were involved, especially with Weaver’s involvement with afterschool clubs.

“Just because it’s online does not mean it’s not necessarily dangerous and it’s criminal,” Winn said.

Weaver’s cell phone, computer and other digital devices were seized and will be examined to determine if there is any evidence of other criminal acts. Additional charges are possible.

Anyone who has information about Weaver’s actions or believe they were victimized by him is urged to contact police at (518) 783-2754.

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