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Retired BOCES social worker faces sex abuse charge

Retired BOCES social worker faces sex abuse charge

Accusation from fall 2013
Retired BOCES social worker faces sex abuse charge
Charles W. Rhynhart, 63, of Albany.

ROTTERDAM -- A retired Capital Region BOCES social worker has been accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old Mohonasen student three years ago, police said Tuesday.

Charles W. Rhynhart, 63, of Albany, turned himself in to police Monday on one count of forcible touching, a misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty and was released to return to court later.

Rhynhart is accused of touching the child sometime in the fall of 2013, according to court documents.

Rhynhart "did grab the victim's genitals for the purpose of degrading or abusing said victim; or for the purpose of gratifying (Rhynhart's) sexual desire," the charging paperwork reads.

Rhynhart is represented by attorney Peter Moschetti. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The investigation began in December, when the child disclosed the incident to someone who then relayed it to police, police spokesman Lt. Michael Brown said.

The boy described a discussion with Rhynhart, a social worker, in Rhynhart's office on the topic of wrestling when Rhynhart touched him, Brown said.

Rhynhart retired from BOCES in 2015, BOCES said in a prepared statement. BOCES officials indicated the allegations relate to a self-contained classroom at Mohonasen's Draper Middle School.

"We have been cooperating with the police on their investigation," the statement reads.

Police have received no other allegations related to Rhynhart, Brown said, adding that anyone with further information should contact police at 355-7397.

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