October 06, 2016 05:57 AM
COLONIE- “Anytime a person of power and responsibility in the community that has contact with kids violates that trust everyone should be concerned,” said Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn.
Lt. Winn said it was Shaker High School Teacher Daniel Weaver's online communication with students that got him into trouble.
He said police were tipped off by school officials on September 21 about the 46-year-old and a 16-year-old male student.
“They had been made aware by some students about a possible inappropriate relationship between the defendant Mr. Weaver and one of his students that they're aware of and maybe some other students as well,” Winn said.
A statement from the North Colonie Central School District said weaver was relieved of his responsibilities.
“We want to keep their learning environment safe,” said North Colonie Central Schools Superintendent Daniel Joseph Corr. “We want them to feel comfortable. If they feel otherwise they need to come forward,” he said.
An investigation revealed Weaver repeatedly tried to meet the student in person and sent him gift cards and suggestive photos through twitter, text and email.
Police said Weaver used a school twitter account in some instances.
They said this went on from June of 2015 until the fall of that year.
“There was also a request for the child to send him some photographs of a suggestive nature as well as some photographs that were sent from Mr. Weaver,” Winn said.
NewsChannel 13 went to Weaver's home following his arrest Wednesday and arraignment at Colonie town court that evening but no one at the home wanted to comment on the case.
Corr said school administrators are prioritizing students’ well-being.
“We will have counseling available to our students we'll also have support available to our faculty as well,” he said.
No other charges have been filed.
But Winn said Weaver's behavior with other current or former students was concerning.
He also said there could be more victims and future charges are possible.
“He's been a teacher in that district for a long time and he was a very popular teacher,” Winn said.
Updated: October 06, 2016 05:57 AM
Created: October 05, 2016 07:55 PM
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