Michael Fredette, a 63-year-old math teacher employed at Bethlehem High School, is now on leave after being charged with stalking a 19-year-old former student.
“The investigation revealed that over a period of time he was showing up at the residence, place of employment of a former student from Bethlehem Central High School,” explained Bethlehem Police Commander Adam Hornick. “He was also actively showing up at the house trying to do odds and ends around the house and sending items to that person.”
According to police, the stalking took place over the span of a few months.
After being told to stop, Fredette continued to contact the former student. That’s when the victim and the victim’s parent brought it to the attention of the Bethlehem Police.
The department is not releasing the former student’s gender or information regarding the gifts that were were sent to them.
“At this point in our investigation nothing has come forward that any of these incidents took place at the school, on school property, or while this person was a student at the school. This all happened after the student graduated,” said Commander Hornick.
Fredette is currently on leave from the high school. Bethlehem Superintendent, Jody Monroe, released a statement, saying in part, “the district is cooperating with the police in its investigation.”
Fredette has been charged with stalking in the 4th degree, which is a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Bethlehem court and was released.An order of protection was issued to keep him away from the victim until the next court appearance.
He will appear in court next month.
Both the Bethelem Police Department and the school district say student saftey is a top priority.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the police.