JOHNSTOWN — A town of Johnstown man who is also an instructor at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services, has been charged with having inappropriate contact with a teen after city police say he had a sexual relationship with the 14-year-old.
Keith D. Hanchar, 40, of 546 W. Fulton St. Ext. was taken into custody by city police on Wednesday on an arrest warrant for second-degree criminal sex act.
Police said on Monday they received a report of a possible inappropriate sexual relationship involving a 14-year-old male and an employee of HFM BOCES. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Hanchar had met his victim through an internet website and met with him at a location in Gloversville where they engaged in a sexual act.
Police do not believe that the two met or had contact through HFM BOCES.
In a statement released by HFM on Wednesday, the district says they were contacted by a member of the community on Monday who reported a possible inappropriate sexual relationship between a BOCES employee and a minor. BOCES administrators immediately contacted Gloversville police, who launched an investigation.
According to HFM, Hanchar was an instructor at the Career and Technical Center. A 2017 story in The Leader-Herald identified Hanchar as a collision repair instructor.
Hanchar was arraigned in City Court by Judge Cory Dalmata and remanded to the Fulton County Jail. He was released Wednesday on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 insurance bond.
HFM says Hanchar was placed on administrative leave from his teaching position and relieved of all of his duties while the investigation continues. HFM states that according to police, the alleged sexual contact took place during summer 2017 off school grounds. While the initial tip incorrectly indicated the teacher was a substitute, police were able to identify the individual as a BOCES instructor.
“This is a highly alarming set of allegations, and we took immediate steps to address it,” said HFM District Superintendent Patrick Michel said in the release. “I’d like to thank the Gloversville Police Department for their professionalism and quick work in this matter. I also want to commend the community member who did the right thing and reported this to us. The safety and well being of our students is always our highest priority, and we will not tolerate behavior of this type.”
BOCES counselors are available to meet privately with students in need of need of support.
The Gloversville Police are continuing to investigate and request that if anyone have any further information to contact the department at (518) 773-4513.