WHS English Teacher Accused Of Unlawfully Dealing With Child

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A Watertown High School English teacher has been arrested in connection with a party where alcohol was allegedly served to minors.

State police charged 44 year old Kate Harrienger of 24287 Route 67 in Watertown.

She was charged with misdemeanor counts of first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and second-degree criminal nuisance.

According to police, the arrest stems from an investigation regarding a New Year's Eve party at Harrienger's home, in which it is alleged that alcoholic beverages were available for persons under the age of 21 to drink without their parents' permission.

Harrienger was issued a ticket to appear in Watertown Town Court on January 17 at 9 a.m..

The Watertown City School District issued a news release Thursday afternoon, shortly after 7 News contacted Superintendent Terry Fralick for comment on the Harrienger case.

Although it does not mention Harrienger by name, the statement says "the district has taken appropriate action to place the teacher involved on administrative leave pending further administrative and/or criminal proceedings."

The district also said it "fully cooperated and assisted in this investigation."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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