Frankfort teacher faces forcible touching charges involving a student

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Frankfort-Schyler Central School District teacher, Michael Loiacano, is facing charges related to inappropriately touching a former student.

Frankfort Village Police said, Wednesday, Loiacano has been charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.

He is a 7th grade English teacher and police say the child was under the age of 17.

The District Superintendent Robert F. Reina released the following statement to the media concerning this issue:

"I've been advised that, on August 19, 2013, the Frankfort Village Police Department arrested Mr. Michael J. Loiacano and charged him with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.

Mr. Loiacano is employed by the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District as 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.

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.

We understand that the criminal investigation is in its early stages. As of now, the Herkimer County District Attorney's office has taken the lead in investigating the matter. The district has been or will be co-operating 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.

As we understand it, the charges, although serious in nature, 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. 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.

I would encourage anyone who has evidence relative to Mr. Loiacano's guilt or innocence of the criminal charges to share that information with the Herkimer County District Attorney's office, which can be reached at 867-1155."

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