GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A Guilderland man employed by the Guilderland Central School District has been arrested on a Rape charge. Raquan Dyson, 28, was arrested Tuesday after police said he went to the home of a 14-year-old girl to have sex with her.

Dyson is employed as a custodian at Farnsworth Middle School in the Guilderland school district. Police said the district has been notified and that Dyson previously had sexual contact with the victim. He’s facing the following charges:

  • Rape in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony
  • Criminal Sexual Act in Second Degree, a Class D Felony
  • Disseminating Indecent Materials to Minors in the First Degree, a Class D Felony
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor

He was arraigned and sent to the Albany County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

In a letter to Guilderland families, Superintendent Marie Wiles said the victim is a middle school student. She also said that Dyson was hired in December 2021 after passing a background check.

Wiles said Dyson began his shift at 2:30 p.m., one hour before middle school dismissal. She also encouraged parents to keep an eye on their children’s social media activity. She said in part:

“To the extent that social media played a role in this situation, we urge families to take an active role in your children’s activities online, and to remind students to be mindful of their digital footprint.”

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has had similar contact with Dyson is asked to contact Guilderland police at (518) 356-1501.