Chestnut Ridge on charges vs. administrator: 'The district takes these types of matters very seriously'

Mar. 18—Chestnut Ridge School District said in a statement Monday that it is continuing to cooperate with investigators after an assistant principal was accused of failing to report alleged continued sexual assault of students by another student on a school bus.

"The School District is aware that a member of its staff has been arrested pending charges being brought forth," the statement said. "The District takes these types of matters very seriously and will continue to cooperate with the appropriate authorities pursuant to their investigation. At this time, no additional comment will be made as this is both an ongoing investigation as well as a personnel matter."

The district's statement was published on its website.

Chestnut Ridge Middle School Assistant Principal Patrick N. Isgan has been charged with 62 counts of endangering the welfare of children, failure to report and continuing failure to report related to alleged sexual assault of students on a school bus from November to February, according to Bedford County authorities.

School leaders were initially alerted to a possible problem by the district's transportation provider in November when it was reported that a 12-year-old sexually harassed an 8-year-old girl on the bus, according to a state police affidavit.

The older child denied the claim, and Isgan reportedly reviewed security footage from the bus, according to troopers.

Although Isgan noted that the boy did sit with other students, he didn't witness any inappropriate touching, according to troopers. The 12-year-old was told to keep his hands to himself and was removed from the bus for one day, according to the affidavit.

A concerned parent allegedly reported more supposed inappropriate conduct in February.

A meeting with the accused student and his parents allegedly led to a full confession and the first ChildLine report was made Feb. 7 by Isgan.

Troopers allege that six victims were assaulted by the 12-year-old from November to February and accused him of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault.

"Per reports made from the victims involved, it was indicated that these sexual assaults were occurring daily," the affidavit said.

Isgan was arraigned before District Judge Kevin Diehl and is free on $1 million bond, according to court records. A preliminary hearing is set for March 27 in front of Diehl.