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      Man in Herkimer cow sex abuse case resigns from school job

      Reid Fontaine

      One of the men arrested last week accused of having sexual contact with cows on a farm in Herkimer County has resigned his job at a school system in Connecticut. Reid Fontaine, 31, worked as an IT network specialist for the Farmington Public Schools for the past six months, according to a statement from Superintendent of Schools Kathleen C. Greider.

      "The former employee did not provide instruction to students nor did he have responsibilities involving direct student contact. As IT Network Specialist, his job involved the maintenance of the district's technology infrastructure and hardware," Greider said. Greider told WFSB-TV the arrest of Fontaine was unrelated to the Farmington school district and on Sunday evening, he resigned from his position. During his background checks, the school district discovered that Fontaine had no previous arrests.

      35-year-old Michael Jones, of Cedarville Road in Ilion, and Fontaine are charged with sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor. The owner of a local farm in Herkimer set up video surveillance in his barn, trying to figure out why his cows appeared anxious and were not producing normally. The owner later contacted State Police after video revealed the cows were being sexually abused.

      Police say their investigation found Jones agreed to videotape Fontaine as he tried to have sexual contact with several cows. Both men were arrested and charged with sexual misconduct. Click here for previous coverage.