For Immediate Release
Friday, October 04, 2019
Incident: Janitor Arrested for Inappropriate Communications with Student
Location: John S. Hobart Elementary School, 230 Van Buren St., Shirley
Date/Time: Friday, October 4, 2019 at 10:42 a.m.

Suffolk County Police today arrested an elementary school janitor for engaging in inappropriate communications with a child.


A janitor, employed through the Suffolk County Department of Labor, working at John S. Hobart Elementary School in Shirley, engaged in a face-to-face conversation with a 7-year-old female student on October 3 inquiring about her access to the internet and electronic means of communication. He then gave the student his telephone number and told her to contact him.


Following an investigation by Seventh Precinct Crime Section officers, it was revealed the man had left notes of adoration in the student’s desk prior to the in-person conversation.


The janitor, 18, of Riverhead, was arrested at the school on October 4 at 10:42 a.m. and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He will be held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and arraigned on October 5 at First District Court in Central Islip.


Police are asking anyone who may have had similar contact with this individual to call the Seventh Precinct Crime Section at 631-852-8726.


A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 19-558163
Suffolk County Police Department

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