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LI School Janitor Engaged In Inappropriate Communications With Child, Police Say

John S. Hobart Elementary School in Shirley.
John S. Hobart Elementary School in Shirley. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A janitor at a school on Long Island has been charged with engaging in inappropriate communications with a child.

The janitor, employed through the Suffolk County Department of Labor and working at John S. Hobart Elementary School in Shirley, engaged in a face-to-face conversation with a 7-year-old female student on Thursday, Oct. 3 inquiring about her access to the internet and electronic means of communication. He then gave the student his telephone number and told her to contact him.

Following an investigation by Suffolk County Police Seventh Precinct Crime Section officers, it was revealed the man had left notes of adoration in the student’s desk prior to the in-person conversation.

The janitor, 18, of Riverhead, was arrested at the school on Friday, Oct. 4 at 10:42 a.m. and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. He will be held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and arraigned on Saturday, Oct. 5 at First District Court in Central Islip.

Police are asking anyone who may have had similar contact with this individual to call the Seventh Precinct Crime Section at 631-852-8726.

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