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November 21, 2012

Walton teacher's alleged victims 16


“I believe he was having an affair with her (Fletcher), and he was mad that he knew I had also had sex with her,” one of Fletcher’s alleged victims told state police Investigator Laura A. Gregory.

The student alleges in his deposition that the male teacher was giving the student a hard time in English class because of that anger.

Fletcher made her first court appearance last Wednesday without an attorney, but she has since retained F. Paul Battisti of Battisti, Gartenman & Thayne of Binghamton. Battisti, reached by phone Tuesday, said he had nothing to say “at this time.”

Fletcher was released on her own recognizance, but, contrary to a report in Tuesday’s Daily Star, Sidney Justice Steven A. Rose said, he imposed two conditions. The first is an order of protection for the two victims, barring Fletcher from having any contact with them. The second prohibits Fletcher from having contact with anyone under the age of 18 without being in the presence of a responsible adult.

Rose also said that Delaware County District Attorney Richard D. Northrup had recused himself from the case, and that a special prosecutor would be appointed. It was not clear why Northrup asked for the recusal, and he did not respond to a message left with his office Tuesday.

It also was unclear why the case was brought in Sidney Town Court, although Rose said that, under state law, any felony complaint originating in Delaware County could be filed in any town court in the county.

Both of the victims say in depositions accompanying the complaints that Fletcher threatened to kill herself if they ever let their secret out.

Another deposition, given Nov. 12 by a 23-year-old whose name was redacted, indicated that Fletcher may have attempted to carry through with that threat. The deponent told investigators that just after Fletcher resigned from her teaching position — sometime in the past few months, according to the Walton Central School District — Fletcher’s husband, Kirk, called to ask for help.

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