School Resource Officer Arrested For Inappropriate Relationship With 8th Grader

Interlaken Police Officer Elisia Panipinto is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Ovid, NY – A school resource officer in Seneca County was arrested on Thursday night for using her position to have an inappropriate relationship with an 8th Grade student.

Interlaken Police Officer Elisia Panipinto was assigned to serve as a school resource officer in the South Seneca Central School District from which she’d graduated a couple years before, The Post-Standard reported.

The investigation into the 20-year-old Officer Panipinto began after the Interlaken Police Department and the school district both filed a complaint with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said that Officer Panipinto used her authority as a police officer to spend time with the student in the school and developed a “physical, romantic relationship” with them.

There is no evidence that the officer and the student engaged in sexual contact or that there are any other victims, deputies told The Post-Standard.

Officer Panipinto was arrested on May 16 and charged with official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Bail was set at $250 cash or $500 bond at the officer’s arraignment, according to The Post-Standard.

Jail records showed that Officer Panipinto has been released from the Seneca County Correctional Facility.

South Seneca Superintendent Stephen J. Parker Zielinski expressed shock upon learning of the accusations against Officer Panipinto, an alumnus of the school district, The Post-Standard reported.

And the superintendent thanked the members of the community who had shared their concerns with school officials.

“The witnesses helped to make sure we could catch the situation early and to prevent it from developing further,” Zielinski said.

He also said that the charges were hitting close to home and had been hard on the South Seneca school community, The Post-Standard reported.

“For our school, it is especially difficult because every person involved is someone we care about," Zielinski said. "We are committed to acting in our students’ best interests to keep them safe, which is a prime reason why we seek the use of school resource officers in the first place.”

Comments (9)
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JohnP
JohnP

Where to start.... a 20 year old officer? Assigned to the school she graduated from a couple years ago? Never worked patrol or apparently had a field training? Whoever thought any of this was a good idea should be fired hire.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Pedophile, Nothing more, Nail her to the wall with a minimum of 30 yrs

cspcapt
cspcapt

sad very sad

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Wow an officer of the law at 20 years old. I am very pro police, but this story I have to say, is a disgrace to the badge. She deserves every negative comment coming to her. What the fuck is she thinking. What a dumb ass move. Way to go idiot. You made your bed now lay in it.

bagels1990
bagels1990

How is a 20yr old a Police Officer in New York State ? Thruout NYS you have to be 21 at time of appointment, to be able to be issued a handgun - according to State Law !

MaxD
MaxD

Wait how is this possible? You have to be 21 years old at the date of hire to be a Police Officer in NY State. Then you have the academy, Field Training and probation before going to any specialty like a resource officer in a school. But say she went straight from Field Training to being a school resource officer, that would still make her around 22 years old if she is a Police Officer in NY State.

Something is incorrect in this story, either her age is wrong or she isn't an actual Police Officer and is actually some kind of "security" or something they are calling a "school resource officer". According to the requirements for NY State it is impossible for her to be an actual Police Officer in NY and be 20 years old.

GBach
GBach

[edit] Nevermind, just realized this didn’t take place in New York City. It’s possible they have a similar setup in her part of New York, though.

To those confused by her age: My guess is she is a “school safety agent” with the NYPD school safety division. These are unarmed civilians that have arrest powers on school ground and are technically employed by the NYPD. Much in the same way NYPD has civilians working as meter maids and such.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

hold on: "Deputies said that Officer Panipinto used her authority as a police officer to spend time with the student in the school and developed a “physical, romantic relationship” with them." and then said "There is no evidence that the officer and the student engaged in sexual contact or that there are any other victims, deputies told The Post-Standard."

so what happened? where they friends? did they told hands? the deputies say they developed a physical and romantic relationship, but there is no proof that there was any sexual contact between the officer and the student? So what actually occurred between the two??