A former Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School principal was arrested Tuesday for allegedly pulling a chair from underneath a third-grader last week and dragging him across the floor.

Charles W. Strange, 58, of Springfield Center, was charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, in connection with an alleged incident March 23.

Strange, a teacher, "recklessly" pulled the chair out from under the student and grabbed him by an arm and dragged him across the room, according to a media release from the Otsego County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Richard Devlin said that sometime late last week, the school left a message for a sheriff's deputy who often patrols in that area, but it was not received until Monday.

An investigation, which included interviews with school officials and witnesses, was launched and culminated in Strange's arrest Tuesday morning, Devlin said.

The boy was treated at Bassett Medical Center and released, according to deputies.

The boy's grandmother said Tuesday the 9-year-old was checked out at the hospital Monday and had bruising on his knees.

School Superintendent Robert Miller did not return a message left at his office Tuesday afternoon. A number listed for Strange was not in service Tuesday night.

School officials escorted Strange off school property Monday, according to Devlin.

In 2007, while the school was in the midst of an administrative restructuring, Strange resigned as high school principal and took a job as an elementary school teacher. The district, at that time, opted for a single, kindergarten-through-12 principal, rather than two principals.

The misdemeanor charges were lodged against Strange after consultation with the Otsego County District Attorney's Office.

Strange was released and is to appear April 20 in Cherry Valley Town Court.

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