Elizabeth Barthelmas, 38, was a fifth grade teacher at the time of the alleged assault, and met the student through one of her classes.
By the time of the alleged sexual relationship, which occurred in 2007 and 2008, the student was no longer in her class, though still younger than 13. Barthelmas allegedly conducted the abuse at her house.
Barthelmas was suspended without pay from Saratoga Springs’ Dorothy Nolan Elementary School after the Saratoga County Sheriff notified the school on Tuesday evening. She was also banned from school district property and functions.
The Times Union reports the sheriff's office opened their investigation after a tipster told police they believed a teacher had been involved in a sexual relationship with a student.
“The Sheriff’s Office informed the school administration as soon as possible and the school district was fully cooperative with the Sheriff’s Office investigation,” sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Brown said in a news release.
Barthelmas was charged with three felony sexual crimes, including first-degree rape, criminal sexual act, and course of sexual conduct against a child, police said.
Barthelmas was hired by Saratoga Springs’s school district in 2005 and previously worked in a different school district in New York state.
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