Police Think Teacher Arrested For Sexual Abuse Of Teen May Have More Victims
Seneca Falls, NY – State police released the mugshot of a 29-year-old school teacher arrested for sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy in the hopes that it helps them to locate other victims.
Lindsey Halstead was a physical education teacher who taught for about four years in the Waterloo Central School District, according to The Post-Standard.
Halstead resigned her teaching position on Feb. 2, 2018.
However, the New York State Police said that she worked as a long-term substitute teacher for the Midlakes Schools in the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District after that until she was fired, The Post-Standard reported.
Halstead worked as a substitute teacher from Feb. 5 until April 26, 2018
Police did not release information about where the incident occurred or whether the alleged victim was one of Halstead’s students, The Post-Standard reported.
Halstead was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of sexual misconduct and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
She is being held at the county jail until her arraignment, according to The Post-Standard.
Waterloo Central School District Superintendent Terri Bavis released a statement on the district’s website.
“The safety and security of our students is of utmost importance and all reports of any kind are treated seriously,” Bavis said, according to The Post-Standard.
Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District Superintendent Matthew Sickles also shared a statement on his district’s website.
“The school district is fully cooperating with the New York State Police and is unaware of any alleged misconduct involving Midlakes students or any alleged misconduct occurring on our campus," Sickles said, according to The Post-Standard.
Police released a mug shot of Halstead despite a law banning police from releasing the photos unless it has a “law enforcement purpose.”
Detectives think in Halstead’s case, releasing her photo might draw out more victims, The Post-Standard reported.
The state police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges were pending.