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March 27, 2013

DA: No charges against librarian

There will be no criminal charges against a Stamford Central School librarian placed on paid administrative leave last week, following an allegation of inappropriate sexual contact with a former student who is now 18, a county official said. The school is now conducting its own investigation into allegations against Carrara Knoetgen, who also coached tennis.

“We did not develop any information to indicate any crime was committed,” Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup Jr. said Tuesday. His office was notified of an allegation Thursday and notified the school.

The age of consent is 17, Northrup previously said. He did not want to comment on any details of what was alleged because there was no crime.

Knoetgen, who graduated from Stamford in 2004, under her maiden name of Tait, was hired by the school in 2008 and is tenured.

Stamford Central School said in a release that attorneys representing the district have received documents from the Delaware County District Attorney’s office related to allegations that one of the school district’s employees may have had an inappropriate relationship with a former Stamford school student. 

Based on this information, the district will conduct its own investigation. 

Superintendent Katy Graves would not comment further about any aspect of the situation. 

Stamford Teachers’ Union President Deborah Mueller, and Marie Meehan, president of the Stamford Central Organization of Parents and Educators, did not return a call for comment by Tuesday night.

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