Police: 4th grade teacher in Webster recorded girls changing in bathroom
Webster, N.Y. (WHAM) - Webster Police say a State Road Elementary School teacher has been arrested, accused of recording two female students with his cell phone while they were changing clothes inside a bathroom earlier this month.
According to police, Terrance Hoctor, 44, was arrested and arraigned Wednesday. He's charged with two counts each of felony unlawful surveillance 2nd and endangering the welfare of a child.
Webster Police Chief Joseph Rieger commended the young victims for coming forward with the information about the phone found in a second floor bathroom.
"It took a lot of courage for these young children to come forward to say something," Rieger said. "They did the right thing. We always say to the community, if you see something, say something. They did."
The phone was found propped up on a stand in the corner of the bathroom. Police said the phone was placed there between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 3.
After the school and police were notified, Webster Police issued a joint statement on March 7 with the school district saying an allegation was made against an employee. The employee, later identified as Hoctor, was immediately placed on paid administrative leave, according to police.
During the news conference Wednesday afternoon, Webster School Superintendent Carmen Gumina said Hoctor remains on paid administrative leave. Hoctor has been a teacher with the district since 2006.
"These charges are alarming and understandably so," Gumina said. "What I can tell you with great certainty is that the health and safety of our students is at the forefront of every decision in the Webster school district makes on behalf of our families."
Hoctor was released after posting $40,000 bond.
Police say they do not know if there are more victims or if this is an isolated incident.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Monroe County District Attorney's Office will be working with Bivona Child Advocacy Center to investigate the case.
Sara Vanstrydonck, who heads up the Child Abuse Bureau of the D.A.'s Office, said the case will be referred to a grand jury.
Police urge anyone with information to call 911.
13WHAM News will update this story as more information becomes available.