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Teacher charged with forcible touching of student


CUBA -- A 26-year-old Cuba man who taught at four local school districts was charged Tuesday with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child following an investigation by New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

According to NYSP, police were informed on Saturday of a possible sexual abuse case. Investigation revealed that Thomas M. Wight taught at Dansville School and started “Snapchatting” a 16-year-old victim over a course of time. Police say that While teaching at Arkport Central School, Wight had forcibly touched the 16-year-old victim off school property. He was arrested and processed at SP Amity before being arraigned in the Town of Friendship and remanded to Allegany County Jail on $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

Wight also taught at Cuba-Rushford and Fillmore Central Schools in the past. School districts affected in this investigation have been notified.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and believe there may be more victims and ask anyone with information to contact NYSP at: 585-344-6200.