This is a developing story. More details will be added when they are made available.
Update (March 8, 2022):
“The Town of Newfield suspended its Recreation Supervisor when the Town received notice from the New York State Police on March 7, 2022 that a criminal charge had been filed against him,” said Newfield Town Clerk Karen Kenerson. “The Town has received no complaints regarding the employee’s performance as Recreation Supervisor, and has no additional knowledge of the basis of the criminal charge.”
Original Story (March 7, 2022):
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—A 24-year-old man from Newfield has been arrested and charged with two counts of inappropriate contact with minors.
Austin Kuczek was taken into custody by New York State Police on Monday, March 7 and charged with two counts of second-degree disseminating indecent material to minors, which is a felony.
Allegedly, Kuczek “sent inappropriate images to juveniles under the age of 17,” according to an announcement from state police.
According to police, Kuczek formerly served on the Newfield Town School Board and had worked as a teachers aide in the Ithaca City School District, the latter of which is confirmed by the district’s directory. He currently works as the Recreation Director for the Town of Newfield, according to police and the Town of Newfield’s website. It is unclear if Kuczek’s victims were related at all to his jobs.
The Ithaca Voice is currently awaiting a statement from the district to clarify some of the circumstances around Kuczek’s arrest and what the district’s involvement was in the situation, if any, and a similar request was made of the Town of Newfield government.
A source said that the crime was reported to police while Kuczek was a teacher’s aide in the Ithaca City School District, but again, it is unclear if the victims were students in the district or were related at all to Kuczek’s job at the time. He is listed as having worked as a teacher’s aide at Boynton Middle School.