Police: Male engaged in sex acts with child on school grounds

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Guilderland Center man has been arrested for allegedly engaging in a sex act with a young child.

Police said the incident took place on April 16 on the grounds of Westmere Elementary School. James Hockenbury is accused of engaging in an oral sex act with a person less than 11 years of age.

Hockenbury was charged with Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree. He was arraigned in Guilderland Town Court and sent to the Albany County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Police said the 48-year old has worked in the childcare industry for the past 30 years.

Guilderland schools released the following statement on its website Monday night:

April 19, 2016-The Guilderland Central School District was informed late today that a former employee was arrested by the Town of Guilderland Police Department for an incident that occurred on Saturday, April 16 on the grounds of Westmere Elementary School on charges of a criminal sexual act with a child under the age of 11, a class B felony. Police say the child involved was not a Guilderland student.

The former employee, James Hockenbury, most recently worked on a part-time basis as a temporary cafeteria monitor from September 8 to November 13, 2015, at Lynnwood Elementary School. He was also employed by the district and assigned to at least two other elementary school buildings during the 1990’s. The district is working to confirm his dates of prior employment.

District administration confirms that appropriate protocol was followed during the recent hiring process, which included state and federal fingerprint clearance conducted by the New York State Education Department. As is the case with all employees, this part-time employee was under the direct supervision of building administration.

The safety and well-being of our students is always the highest priority in our schools. If parents have any questions or concerns regarding this incident, they should contact Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles at wilesm@guilderlandschools.net or by phone at 518-456-6200. Anyone with information that would be helpful to the police investigation, should contact the Guilderland Police Department at 518-356-1501 x 1063.

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