A non-instructional staff member of the Dryden Central School District, John Dapp, has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography.
Superintendent Joshua I. Bacigalupi informed parents and staff in a letter, emphasizing the district’s commitment to safety and the serious nature of the allegations. Dapp, 35, was charged with a Class E felony for possessing a sexual performance by a child, following an investigation that led to his arrest on November 13.
Superintendent Bacigalupi assured the school community that there is no indication of any Dryden Central School District student being a victim in this case. He also noted that Dapp’s role in the school did not involve direct contact with students.
Following the notification of the felony charge by New York State Police on November 14, Dapp was immediately placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
In his communication, Bacigalupi stressed the district’s top priority of maintaining a safe and nurturing educational environment. He called for respect for the due process of law as the investigation proceeds and offered an assurance of transparency and communication with the community.
The superintendent encouraged those with concerns or questions to reach out, reinforcing the district’s dedication to trust and safety within its educational setting.
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