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Bus aide arrested on 2nd sexual abuse charge

Thomas Yager

FORT PLAIN — The same Fort Plain Central School District bus aide arrested by Gloversville police June 3 on a felony sex abuse charge for allegedly subjecting a juvenile younger than 11 years to sexual contact was arrested Monday by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Thomas E. Yager, 68, of Fort Plain was charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse.

On May 23, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a sexual abuse complaint from the Fort Plain Central School District’s Superintendent’s Office. The allegations of the complaint were that a male bus aide employed by the school was subjecting children younger than the age of 11 to sexual contact while riding on the bus.

Deputies said this same type of complaint was also made to the Gloversville Police Department as contact was reported while the bus was in the city of Gloversville. Sheriff’s investigators and members of the Gloversville Police Department’s Detective Division began an extensive investigation. The investigation involved, but was not limited to, the review of school bus surveillance video, interviews of children, interviews of other school employees and an interview of Yager.

As a result of the investigation, Yager was arrested Monday. The arrest is a direct result of clear and concise video surveillance and the results of interviews conducted, deputies said.

Yager was arraigned in Palatine Town Court and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, with bail set in the amount of $25,000 cash or $50,000 secured bond, He was returned to the Fulton County Correctional Facility, where he is still being held from his arrest on June 3 by Gloversville police detectives.

In Gloversville, Yager has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a Class “D” felony.

After that arrest, Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent John Bishop issued this statement: “The district was alerted on May 21, 2021, that inappropriate contact may have occurred between a district bus aide and students on a bus. Upon receiving this information, the district immediately placed the employee on administrative leave and contacted local law enforcement. The safety and security of district students is our main priority. The district continues to cooperate with local law enforcement to ensure this matter is handled efficiently and appropriately.”

The Montgomery County inquiry for other potential victims is still being determined. If any other crimes are discovered they will be fully investigated and charges will be filed, if appropriate. Should anyone have any additional information, they are encouraged to contact Inv. Bywater of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 853-5536.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by Montgomery County District Attorney Lorraine Diamond, the Gloversville Police Department and state police.

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