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Police: Text messages lead to sex offense arrest

Glenville police charged the volunteer assistant coach for the Scotia-Glenville Varsity Field Hockey team today, Sept. 29, for having sexual contact with a 15-year-old student at Scotia-Glenville High School.

David Kennedy, 50, of Harlau Drive, Glenville, faces eight charges for having sexual contact with the female student, which are the felony charges of two counts of rape in the third degree and four counts of criminal sexual act in the third degree, with the misdemeanor charge of two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Susan Swartz, superintendent of Scotia-Glenville Central School District, and Glenville police Chief Michael Ranalli released information during a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 29, about a phone call they received from a mother on Monday, Sept. 27.

The mother of a 15-year-old girl had discovered questionable text messages on her phone, which immediately lead her to question her daughter, which led to some revelations of inappropriate contact between herself and an adult, said Ranalli. "All of the charges are based upon the fact that she is under 17 and he is over 21 years of age.

Ranalli said he would not get into the details of the text messages, but they "indicated a caring relationship." Kennedy had been seeing the girl for several months, said Ranalli.

The relationship developed independent of the school connection, said Ranalli, before Kennedy became a coach at the school. There is no indication currently that there are any other victims.

"These are two families and at the center of those families are children," said Swartz. "We are not going to give you any information about the victim."

This evening, said Swartz, Principal Lynda Castronovo and Altheltic Director John Geniti are going to meet with parents and players of the field hockey team to share the information about the arrest and the school's crisis team has been made available for students.

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