A former Plainfield High School science teacher has turned himself in amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with a 15-year-old student.
Police said Ryan C. Clair of Amston, CT was arrested Tuesday morning based on a warrant.
Clair resigned since the initial investigation began back in April. He was first placed on administrative leave.
He is accused of sending text messages and pictures of a sexual nature to a 15-year-old girl.
"They used apps like Snapchat to communicate and sent messages through that app," said Plainfield Police Captain Mario Arriaga.
Police said the pair met up inside and outside of school for about three weeks in April.
During that time, Eyewitness News was told the girl confided in Clair about recently being sexually assaulted, and he failed to report it to the proper authorities.
"During that time, they developed a relationship through calls, actually met up and developed a relationship together," Arriaga said.
According to his social media accounts, Clair had been working at the high school since 2012 and got married last August.
Now, with the new school year starting on Wednesday, parents said they are glad Clair won't be back.
"I find it very disturbing. I've had incidents in the past of things that happened like that to family members so it's very, very disturbing," Arriaga said.
He was charged with risk of injury to a minor and failure to report as a mandated reporter.
Police said he does not have a criminal record.
He was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to face a judge in Danielson Superior Court on Sept. 12.
Superintendent Kenneth R. Di Pietro released a statement to Eyewitness News on Wednesday morning.
I believe the community trusts and respects the school administration’s efforts. This incident was handled to the best of our efforts and the community’s interests.
The matter as reported in the media was actually reported by the teacher who is under investigation. On the day that he reported his concerns he was also emotional distraught and we placed him on administrative leave for both medical reasons and while we researched the matter. We acted on the same day that we learned of the potential concern. From that day, the teacher remained on administrative leave until he discontinued his service to the district.
As such, the school system acted with appropriate cautions in a very timely response. The matter is now under investigation of the authorities. As a superintendent, I want the public to know that we always act with caution to ensure the safety of students.
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