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Holland School Board member arrested on rape charge involving 16-year-old victim

Holland School Board member arrested on rape charge involving 16-year-old victim

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A member of the Holland school board was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old victim, State Police said Wednesday.

Scott R. Wander, 46, of Holland was charged with third-degree rape, forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and sexual misconduct.

The investigation began April 22, when Lancaster police contacted the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation based in Amity about a possible crime that occurred in late June 2020 in Rushford, Allegany County. Investigators allege that Wander "forcibly touched and had sexual intercourse" with the 16-year-old victim "while on a boat outing on Rushford Lake," according to a statement from police.

Wander was virtually arraigned in State Supreme Court in Allegany County and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to Rushford Town Court in August. The judge issued a "full stay away order of protection," State Police said.

According to Wander's bio posted on the school district website, he is a married father of two children who has lived in Holland since high school. He described his job as the emergency medical services director for the UBMD Emergency Medicine EMS Division.

A message posted to the Holland school district website acknowledged "criminal allegations against a member of the Board of Education," but did not name Wander. The message, from Schools Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos and school board President Brian Jones said in the message that the district was conducting its own investigation and that "at this point, the District stresses there is no evidence any of the allegations involve any Holland Central School District student, nor any alleged act on Holland Central School District property." 

They also said the district's resource officer was aware of the allegations and that the district will cooperate with law enforcement "if requested."

Maki Becker

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Chief of the Breaking News/Criminal Justice Desk

I've worked at The Buffalo News since 2005. I previously worked as a reporter at the New York Daily News and the Charlotte Observer and was a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

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