Teacher charged with forcibly touching teen

CUBA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A teacher has been accused of forcibly touching a 16-year-old.

On Saturday, New York State Police were informed of a possible case of sexual abuse involving 26-year-old Cuba resident Thomas Wight.

According to a State Police investigation, the Allegany County man taught at Dansville Central Schools and communicated with a 16-year-old through Snapchat.

The school district said Wight was employed with the district as a 9th grade English substitute teacher from January 14, 2015 to June 25, 2015, and was a sub for 7th and 9th grade English for three days in October 2015. The district told News 4 he has not worked at any of its schools since his assignment ended in October 2015.

State Police said he kept in touch with a Dansville student through the social media app over the past year. Wight is accused of forcibly touching the student within the past few months. State Police said their investigation shows it happened once, they are still trying to figure out if it happened multiple times.

Wight was arrested and charged with Forcible Touching, as well as Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Troopers believe there could be five or six more victims.

The Dansville Central School District sent out a note to parents on Wednesday.

It said, in part, “If Mr. Wight has attempted to contact you, your son or daughter, or someone you know, please contact Mr. Frazier, DHS Principal at 585.335.4010 or School Resource Officer Robert Holt at 585.447.3905 or me at 585.335.4000 x2300.”

In the past, Wight also taught at the Cuba-Rushford and Fillmore school districts.

He is currently a long-term substitute teacher at Arkport Central Schools. The district placed him on administrative leave on Sunday after Superintendent Jesse Harper said the district got information about Wight’s “out-of-school” conduct.

“The safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority,” Harper said in a statement on the district website. “We are shocked by the alleged actions of this individual, and are committed to providing the safety and support that our students and community expect and deserve.”

Harper told News 4 Wight went through a full background check before he was hired.

The district asks parents to come forward if their child had contact with Wight outside of school. The phone number for the Office of the Superintendent or Student Services is 607-295-7471.

All schools affected in the investigation have been notified of his arrest.

After Wight was charged, he was jailed in Allegany County on $15,000 bail.

Anyone with information on Wight is asked to call State Police at (585) 344-6200.

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