CLAVERACK — A Taconic Hills Central School District substitute teacher and varsity athletic coach has been charged as a result of carrying on a sexual relationship with a student under 17 for several months, police said.
Christopher MacArthur, 23, of Claverack, was charged Monday with third-degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony, according to a statement released by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. MacArthur was released on his own recognizance Monday after his arraignment in Claverack Town Court.
MacArthur is employed by the Taconic Hills School District as a substitute teacher and as a varsity volleyball coach, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s office investigators from the Special Victims Unit began the investigation after Taconic Hills School Resource Deputy Cindy Madison was contacted on Sunday by an unknown individual who reported the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with any information about the case to contact Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh at 518-828-3344.
Judge Michael Brandon in Claverack Town Court did not set bail. MacArthur is due back in court on May 21.