Clarification by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is necessary in response to many of the misconceptions surrounding the recent arrest of Richard and Margy Cressy in the town of Glen for endangering the welfare of a child.
These arrests were made for not meeting the responsibilities required by the state of New York for home schooling and for the protection of minor children. It is alleged that the Cressys knowingly did not file the required paperwork with the local school district for seven years and could not provide adequate proof that the education of their children had taken place. The Cressys were simply issued appearance tickets to appear in court for violating a law, and the Cressys' children were not removed from their home.
It is the official position of the Montgomery County sheriff and staff of the sheriff's office that this agency does not oppose home-schooling. The sheriff and staff of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office are required to enforce the law. It is the sworn duty to investigate reported violations and make arrests when that law is violated. The goal of enforcement is to hold those in violation accountable for their actions and attempt to prevent it from occurring in the future.
Although these arrests may be unfortunate, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate all reports of violations of the law.
If these arrests have raised the awareness that there are specific rules and laws surrounding home-schooling children, and even if one child will benefit from that knowledge, regardless of the outcome of this case, the investigation may be deemed a success.
MICHAEL J. AMATO
Montgomery County sheriff