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Spa City elementary school teacher charged with rape

Spa City elementary school teacher charged with rape

Alleged crimes happened in 2007-08, deputies say
Spa City elementary school teacher charged with rape
Elizabeth M. Barthelmas, 48.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A teacher at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School was arrested Wednesday on rape and other charges that accuse her of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old former student, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office.

Elizabeth M. Barthelmas, 48, of 26 Plum Court, Wilton, was charged with first-degree rape, course of sexual conduct against a child and first-degree criminal sexual act, all felonies, after an investigation by the sheriff's office, deputies said.

According to the sheriff's office, an investigation was launched in recent days, after deputies received a tip about the relationship. The investigation determined the alleged crimes happened during the years 2007-08, according to the report. The child had been a student in Barthelmas' classrom before the sexual relationship began, and all of the crimes are believed to have happened at Barthelmas' home, deputies said.

Dorothy Nolan Elementary School is in the Saratoga Springs City School District, which issued a statement about the arrest Wednesday afternoon stating that district officials were notified of the arrest Tuesday evening.

"Ms. Barthelmas was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation," school officials said in the prepared statement. "During her leave, she will not be permitted to be on school district property or attend any school district functions. In addition, the district is complying with the New York State Education Department Regulations related to employee conduct."

The district directed anyone with questions to call the sheriff's office.

Barthelmas was arraigned Wednesday in Wilton Town Court and was held in Saratoga County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 property bond, according to the sheriff's office report.

Barthelmas has been a teacher in the school district since 2005 and taught in the Queensbury Union Free School district before that, deputies said.

The investigation is continuing, and investigators asked that anyone with information about the case call them at 518-885-6761.

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