OLEAN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Reports of sexual abuse led police to arrest an Olean teacher on felony and misdemeanor charges Friday.
Officers say they arrested 37-year-old Robert Washington after a concerned person filed a report of an inappropriate encounter between Washington and a juvenile victim within the past month.
Olean City School District, which did place Washington on leave, said the teacher is certified in two states, working with social studies students and students with disabilities.
Washington graduated from Olean High School and nearby St. Bonaventure University.
Officers say they released him from police custody after filing charges of first-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching.