ITHACA, N.Y. – A King Ferry man was found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child while employed as a caregiver by the Franziska Racker Center after-school program at TST BOCES.

Peter A. Tosto, 53, was charged with “knowingly acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of a child under the age of seventeen.” The victim was a 12-year-old child under Tosto’s care in the after-school program, according to a news release from the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office.

The guilty verdict comes after a two-day non-jury trial Feb. 5 and Feb. 8 in the Town of Ithaca court. The judge found Tosto not guilty on a second charge, third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Endangering the welfare of a child is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a sentence of up to one year in jail or three years probation. Judge James Salk will decide a sentence at a future hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Emily Perks Quinlan prosecuted the case and Lance Salisbury represented the defendant.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.