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Shaker High teacher accused of inappropriate online contact with student

Shaker High teacher accused of inappropriate online contact with student

A longtime Shaker High School teacher is accused of having inappropriate online contact with a 16-ye
Shaker High teacher accused of inappropriate online contact with student
Daniel Weaver

A longtime Shaker High School teacher is accused of having inappropriate online contact with a 16-year-old student, police said Wednesday.

Police said they have no evidence of inappropriate physical contact between the teacher and students, but they have evidence that the teacher requested or sent suggestive photos to the student and requested meetings.

Daniel Weaver, 46, of Overridge Road, Latham, faces one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

He was expected to be arraigned in Colonie Town Court Wednesday evening.

Shaker High School is in the North Colonie Central School District. A note on the district’s web site Wednesday evening noted that the charge results from information provided to police by the district two weeks ago.

The district immediately removed Weaver from his duties at the school and barred him from district property as the investigation proceeded.

“The safety and well-being of students remains the highest priority for the district,” the statement read.

The district and police encouraged anyone else with information or who believes they were victimized to contact Colonie police at 783-2754.

The district has school psychologists and counselors available, the note read.

The investigation began Sept. 21 with the call from the district, police said. Students expressed concerns to staff over Weaver and his relationship with a particular student.

Police looked into that information and found no criminal behavior. As the investigation continued, though, they found the 16-year-old. Police allege the online contact continued from June 2015 to fall 2015.

Police allege that Weaver sent repeated requests to the student for in-person meetings, sent gift cards to the teen and suggestive photos through Twitter, email and text messages.

Police seized Weaver's cell phone and digital devices for examination. Further charges are possible depending on the results, police said.

Weaver worked in the school district for a long time as a teacher and had been active in school clubs, police said.

Reach Gazette reporter Steven Cook at 395-3122, scook@dailygazette.net or @ByStevenCook on Twitter.

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