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Teacher arrested for sexual assault

SALAMANCA -- A seventh-grade life sciences teacher at Salamanca Middle School is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy more than six years ago.

Michael J. DuPont, 42, of Kent Boulevard was arrested early Saturday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and charged with three counts of second-degree sodomy.

Officers said the boy was attacked in April and May 2002 in the Town and City of Salamanca.

Investigators said they believe there are several more victims who have not yet come forward. The case is being turned over to the district attorney for grand jury action.

DuPont, who was questioned Friday evening by sheriff's investigators, was arrested Saturday and arraigned in Great Valley Town Court. He posted $10,000 bail later in the day and was released from Cattaraugus County Jail.

According to his school Web site, DuPont was born and raised in Salamanca and graduated from Salamanca High School in 1984. He said he chose teaching over computers and loves the outdoors.

Earlier in the year, DuPont's wife, Gigi, and others in the city launched the organization Salamancacares, which, according to its Web site, "recognizes the problem of substance and alcohol abuse in our community."

Undersheriff Timothy Whitcomb said DuPont continued to teach classes last week although police were aware of the pending arrest.

"We worked closely with the school to keep an eye on him," Whitcomb said. "More interviews are already scheduled with more potential victims."

Laurence D. Whitcomb, principal of Salamanca Middle School, said a substitute teacher will be taking over DuPont's classes beginning Monday.

School Superintendent J. Douglas Hay was out of town and unavailable to comment Saturday. He returns Monday.

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