KINGSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Hudson Falls police say there was more than one sexual encounter between a substitute teaching assistant and a 16-year-old student.
According to the police, there were a lot of text messages between the substitute teaching assistant and the student they say Daniel Stoy admitted to having sex with.
“It’s beyond devastating,” Superintendent of WSWHE BOCES James Dexter said. “We’re educators. The last thing we want to do is, see any harm come to any kid.”
Dexter says he was devastated when an employee at the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Kingsbury came to him on Wednesday with disturbing allegations about 38-year-old substitute teaching assistant, Daniel Stoy.
Dexter says he immediately called Hudson Falls Police, who say that Stoy admitted to having sex with a 16-year-old student at his Hudson Falls home.
Dexter says Stoy met the student in class and was texting her and communicating on other social media apps, including Snapchat.
“[We’re] always trying to figure out, do we know who our children are talking to, do we know why our children are talking to them, and can we assure ourselves that our children are talking to people who have their best interest in mind,” Dexter said.
Stoy, who was immediately fired, is not accused of forcing the teen to have sex, but she is under the age of 17 and according to the NYS law, she cannot legally give consent.
Stoy was charged with third degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.
“We are purposefully making sure we’re transparent about this,” Dexter said. “We’re talking to the kids about this.”
Police say Stoy has no criminal record and is a marine veteran. BOCES says he passed all background checks when hired.
He was arraigned and released.