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TEACHER DENIES CHARGE INVOLVING LANGUAGE USE

A Buffalo teacher accused of using inappropriate language in his Internet exchanges with an eighth-grade girl said Saturday he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Rodger R. Lysiak, 50, of South Ogden Street, also was accused of buying the girl a bracelet, valued at more than $100, for her birthday, according to Sex Offense Squad Detective Antonio Borrelli.

Police said Lysiak was the eighth-grader's teacher. Detectives seized his computer from his home as part of the investigation. The Internet communications occurred between April and June, with Lysiak "making comments that were inappropriate for a teacher-student relationship," police stated.

The comments were not of a sexual nature, police added.

Lysiak is charged with endangering the welfare of the 14-year-old girl.

When contacted at his home, Lysiak said he had turned himself in Friday at Buffalo Police Headquarters.

"I pleaded innocent in Buffalo City Court, but I'm not at liberty to say anything," he said.

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