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November 20, 2012

Ex-teacher accused of sex crimes


Fletcher was released on her own recognizance when she was arraigned Wednesday before Sidney Town Justice Steven Rose.

She pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The judge told The Daily Star that he was acting on the recommendation of Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup Jr. when he opted to impose no bail conditions on Fletcher.

She is scheduled to return to court Nov. 29.

A Walton parent who is a member of the school district’s shared decision-making team, Larry Core, said while the nature of the arrest is bound to shock the community, it is important for the public to refrain from rendering any judgements on the matter.

“She must be given her day in court so that the facts can be borne out,” said Core, a teacher for the Delaware Chenango Madison Otsego BOCES. “Often, we rush to judgment before all the facts are brought to the surface.”

As for his own reaction to the charge, he said, “If it’s true, it’s appalling. And if the allegations turn out to be untrue, it’s also appalling that this will destroy her reputation.”

A reference to Fletcher that remained on the school district web site Monday night indicated that she was the instructor for courses in “The Living Environment and Marine Biology.”

Misty Phoenix of Walton, a parent who is also a member of the district’s shared decision making team, suggested that the school district set up a special telephone number that could be called by people in the community who have specific questions about the alleged incidents.

To contact the reporter for this story, call Joe Mahoney at 353-9391. 


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