The Colonie Police Department arrested a North Colonie Teacher’s aide after having inappropriate contact with a student.
Police say Ryan Pellerin, 23, of Guilderland, had sexual contact with a 5-year-old boy with special needs and who is non-verbal.
Administrators from the North Colonie School District contacted police after staff at the Southgate School witnessed an inappropriate interaction between Pellerin and the boy on the playground.
North Colonie School District Superintendent Joe Corr told us that Pellerin passed all background checks prior to being hired in September. He added that parents of Pellerin’s students have been contacted.
Pellerin was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person/incompetent or physically disabled person. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
Pellerin turned himself in Thursday morning with his attorney. The district says he resigned on Wednesday and has been prohibited from all school premises.
Due to the nature of the allegations, police say it is possible that other victims exist.
Pellerin’s defense attorney issued this statement:
“He’s been fully cooperative and he maintains his innocence and he looks forward to the investigation continuing and completely and he’s confident that the conclusion will be that he is innocent.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Colonie Police.