Averill Park teacher accused of inappropriate contact with child

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An Averill Park High School teacher is on leave, accused of having inappropriate contact with a child.

Peter Bertram sent indecent photos and statements to the child on their cell phone, said police, who add the victim is not a student at the school.

Bertram surrendered himself. He was arraigned in Nassau Town Court, and released on his own recognizance.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call state police Schodack at (518) 583-7000 or email crimetip@troopers.ny.gov.

The Averill Park Central School District released this statement:

On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, the New York State Police notified the District that a teacher at Averill Park High School was arrested and charged with allegedly endangering the welfare of a child. This incident did not involve a student in the Averill Park Central School District.

As soon as we were made aware of the situation, the teacher was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. We cannot comment further on the investigation.

Please know that the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. If anyone has information relevant to this situation, please contact the New York State Police at SP Schodack at 518-583-7000 or email crimetip@troopers.ny.gov.