An elementary teacher who taught one day at Randolph Central School has been arrested on a charge of endangering the welfare of a 12-year-old girl over the summer.
Michael A. DePonceau, 36, of Wildwood Avenue in Salamanca, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The alleged incident took place in July in Salamanca and involved a 12-year-old female family member, according to sources close to the arrest.
Details were not available.
Salamanca Town Justice James Halterman set bail at $500. DePonceau is to be arraigned Wednesday in Salamanca City Court.
DePonceau taught classes Wednesday at his new job in Randolph.
"He called me Wednesday evening and told me what happened," said Stephen A. Bocciolatt, superintendent of Randolph Central School.
"I told him he was suspended until we could conduct an investigation. We checked his records before he was hired."
Bocciolatt said DePonceau is suspended with pay.
DePonceau's work record includes substitute teaching at Salamanca and Pine Valley central schools and as a parent volunteer with children in the Odyssey of the Mind program in Salamanca.
"These alleged charges have nothing to do with Randolph Central School," Bocciolatt said.
Bocciolatt sent a memo Thursday to staff in the school district advising them DePonceau "will not be at work until further notice. It has nothing to do with any Randolph students or any action in his capacity as a Randolph teacher.
"He has only been charged and there has been no determination as to whether he actually engaged in the alleged conduct or not. I trust that you will be careful in how you handle this sensitive information. A similar letter is being sent to the parents of all sixth-grade students. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me."
DePonceau is the second teacher at Randolph to be suspended this year for criminal charges relating to children.
Ramond A. Grygo Jr., 41, of Hanford Ave. in Jamestown, faces sentencing Oct. 7 in Cattaraugus County Court after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.
The incident involved touching the breasts of two 14-year-old girls in a classroom April 30 where he was a fifth-grade substitute teacher at Randolph Central School. Grygo worked two days and was suspended.
Families of the girls have filed notices of claims to pursue civil lawsuits in the incidents.