Waterville teacher accused of sexually abusing girl under the age of 11

WATERVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Waterville teacher has been charged for sexually abusing a female child under the age of 11.

According to the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, David J. Lemery, 49, of Waterville was charged following what authorities called "incidents that occurred over a period of years" with the girl in the Village of Waterville.

Lemery is charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse, was arraigned before a Village of New York Mills Justice and sent to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Lemery is a former Boys Basketball Coach for the Waterville School District. He is currently employed as a physical education teacher, although the Superindenent says Lemery has been placed on administrative leave.

The school was just informed Thursday night of the charges.

The Waterville Superintendent said the school is conducting an internal investigation to ensure safety of their students and said they will work with the sheriff's and the Child Advocacy Center and sent a letter home to parents on Friday.

The investigation is continuing and will be turned over to the Oneida County District Attorney's Office for Grand Jury action.

The Child Advocacy Center was assisted in the investigation by members of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Oneida County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with further information is asked to please call the Child Advocacy Center at 315-732-3990

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