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NEW RANDOLPH TEACHER SUSPENDED WITH PAY AFTER CHILD-ENDANGERMENT CHARGE

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.

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