BOCES tutor charged with abusing Bishop Kearney student - Catholic Courier

BOCES tutor charged with abusing Bishop Kearney student

The president of Irondequoit’s Bishop Kearney High School commended a quick response by staff and local authorities after allegations surfaced that a BOCES tutor stationed at the high school may have had inappropriate contact with a Kearney student.

Irondequoit police said Lisa K. Marshall, 37, of Irondequoit, an employee of Monroe No. 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, was charged March 18 with third-degree sexual abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor in connection with three alleged incidents.

Irondequoit police allege that Marshall fondled a 15-year-old male Kearney student at her home while he and a female student were visiting there last month. According to a press release issued by Irondequoit police Sgt. Barry VanNostrand, supervisor of the Criminal Investigations Unit, on Feb. 7, Marshall allegedly propositioned the male student, whom she had brought to her home to help her create a page on the MySpace social-networking site. VanNostrand’s statement said that Marshall also allegedly showed two 15-year-old female students a graphic text message on her cell phone while Marshall was tutoring at the high school in late February or early March.

According to Irondequoit town officials, Marshall was arraigned in Irondequoit Town Court March 18 in front of Justice Vincent M. Dinolfo and was released on $1,500 bail. She is due back in court March 30.

Donna Dedee, president of Bishop Kearney, said an individual whose name she did not reveal contacted school officials to report Marshall’s alleged actions. Within two hours, Dedee said, BOCES officials had removed Marshall from the school, an internal investigation had begun and Irondequoit police were called in.

“I am extremely pleased at how quickly this process moved through this course of action,” Dedee said.

Dedee noted that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has trained Bishop Kearney students on issues ranging from appropriate use of technology to sexual abuse.

Employees of Bishop Kearney, an independent Catholic school founded and sponsored by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, also have been trained in sex-abuse prevention and maintaining a safe environment through a program developed by the Irish Christian Brothers, she said, noting that the school’s abuse-prevention program is similar to the Diocese of Rochester’s safe-environment program.

“It’s mandated, it’s important, and the diligence with which our staff carries out the principles that are put forth is wonderful,” she said of the school’s abuse-prevention program. “They care a lot about creating a safe environment for all students.”

As a BOCES employee, however, Marshall did not receive abuse-prevention training through Bishop Kearney, Dedee said. The Kearney president explained that BOCES tutors are present at the school because the East Irondequoit School District contracts with BOCES to provide mandated academic support for certain students. Marshall worked part time at the school last year and full time at the school this year, but had contact with only a few students with whom she was assigned to work, Dedee said.

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