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Mar 13, 2013 12:37 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

State Police Are Now Investigating Incident At Westhampton Beach Middle School

Mar 13, 2013 12:59 PM

State Police have taken over an ongoing investigation focusing on possible misconduct committed by a Westhampton Beach Middle School teacher after the detective handling the case for Westhampton Beach Village Police was injured in a car accident last week and will be out of commission for the foreseeable future.

Westhampton Beach Police Chief Ray Dean said this week that he has asked State Troopers to take over the investigation, which reportedly involves a male teacher—whom authorities and school district officials have declined to identify—accessing the girls locker room at the school for unknown reasons last month. He said the request was made after Village Police Detective Ed Hamor was involved in a car accident while driving to work last Wednesday, March 6. The extent of his injuries is unknown, though Chief Dean said Det. Hamor is now out on medical leave.

The police chief added that State Police will be taking over all investigations for his department until Det. Hamor returns to duty.

“He is my only investigator,” Chief Dean said of Det. Hamor. “I have asked the state to come in and pick up our caseload for the time being.”

State Police did not return calls this week seeking an update of the investigation.

The investigation began on February 26 when Schools Superintendent Michael Radday reported the incident to Village Police. The teacher in question has been temporarily reassigned to the administration office building pending the results of the police investigation.

Mr. Radday, who read a prepared statement during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, did not offer any new information this week about the investigation, only stating that it is ongoing. He did note, however, that the district has called the parents of middle school students to inform them about the incident.

He also added that the incident has sparked a review of district policies.

“Our administrative team has undertaken a review of our policies and procedures and we will be making a recommendation to our Board of Education members shortly,” he said. “However, this remains an ongoing investigation, and at this point the administration will have no further comment.”

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