Red Creek school employee arrested on abuse charges

Kelly L. Powers

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office tells Action News that they have arrested a Red Creek School District employee for allegedly sexually abusing a Red Creek Middle School student.

31-year-old Kelly L. Powers of Route 104A in Red Creek has been charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse in the second degree (victim less than 14 years of age) and one count of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Powers was arraigned in the Town of Conquest Court and released on her own recognizance.

Police say that the arrest stems from an investigation which began Tuesday when a report was received from Cayuga County Child Protective Services in regard to inappropriate contact that Powers was having with a student. The charges filed relate to alleged incidents which occurred at the victim's residence in northern Cayuga County. Further charges are pending in regard to other alleged incidents which occurred on school property.

The Sheriff's Department says that Powers came in to the Cayuga County Public Safety Building Tuesday afternoon, along with the victim and the victim's family, to report the incidents and basically surrender herself. Powers is a "monitor" at the Red Creek Middle School Office and coaches numerous girls' athletic teams.

The Red Creek School District has issued a statement in regards to this investigation:

There has been a matter brought to our attention by law enforcement whereby one of our employees, Kelly Powers, a middle school office monitor and coach, was arrested yesterday by the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office for one count sexual abuse second degree and one count endangering the welfare of a child. As a result of being advised of this incident, we met with the employee and requested and received her resignation effective immediately. Obviously, this is of great concern to all of us and we will continue to review the matter and take any additional action that is necessary. Please be assured that the Red Creek Central School District will continue to work to keep our students safe.

David G. SholesSuperintendent of Schools

The Sheriff's Department says that it is actively investigating other potential instances of abuse related to this case. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Cayuga County Sheriff's Detectives at (315) 253-1610.