- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York teacher has been arrested on charges he had inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old female student on two occasions.

Fifty-two-year-old Mark Cusson pleaded not guilty to forcible touching, solicitation and harassment during his arraignment Wednesday.

Authorities say the Fort Ann man has been a social studies teacher in the Fort Ann Central School District since 2001 and was placed on paid administrative leave on Dec. 15 when the district was notified of the allegations.

Superintendent Kevin Froats says he’ll review the findings of the criminal investigation and determine the next steps. He says the district would also conduct an internal investigation.

Cusson wouldn’t comment to The Post-Star of Glen Falls outside court after his arraignment.

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