MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — New York State Police, Troop “F,” Middletown, New York reported the arrest of 30-year-old Ashley Kaufmann, a Matamoras Borough resident, who is employed at Port Jervis High School as the Art Department Chairperson.
Troop Information Officer Steven Nevel reported that police initially received a complaint filed by a third party that Kaufmann had an ongoing physical relationship with a 16 year-old male student at the high school since early 2015.
State police subsequently investigated the complaint and determined that there was sufficient cause to proceed with filing charges.
Police charged Kaufmann with two misdemeanor charges, Forcible Touching, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Police have not divulged how many counts of each charge is involved.
The forcible touching charge stems from inappropriate physical contact, and the endangering the welfare of a child relates to the status of the youth as a minor.
Last weekend, Police issued Kaufman an appearance ticket, returnable at the Town of Deerpark Municipal Court, presided over by Judge John Wulff. The ticket hearing is scheduled at 7 p.m. on August 5. Police released Kaufmann on her own recognizance because she did not have a prior conviction record.
Orange County District Attorney’s office and local law enforcement agencies append all local charges with the following: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”