Accuser Testifies Against Teacher

The former student who accuses a teacher of inappropriate contact took the stand in Clinton County Tuesday.

Keystone Central School District Police charged Scott Frazier of Mill Hall with indecent assault back in August.

A judge ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence to send the case against Frazier to trial.

The alleged victim testified that Frazier touched him while he slept after the two stayed up all night at the high school near Mill Hall, building a set in the auditorium.

Frazier left the courthouse in Lock Haven after hearing his accuser testify about the alleged incident back in March at Central Mountain High School.

The high school is where investigators said Frazier, who has been an a teacher and music instructor in the Keystone Central School District, was working through the night with a high school senior.

The alleged victim said he fell asleep around 6:00 a.m. and woke up when Frazier was touching him inappropriately.

It took a few months before district police learned of the incident.

Frazier’s attorney asked the young man why that was and he replied, “When your best friend and mentor in life does something to you, you don’t want to believe it.”

Frazier would not answer our questions so we went to the school district, a place that has been scrutinized for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Sandusky was found to have used his position at Central Mountain High School to get closer to one of his victims. Superintendent Kelly Hastings said that did not cause her or other school officials to be more vigilant when it comes to the possibility that other faculty or staff might use their position in a similar way.

“You saw the way they reacted during the entire scandal, they ran away from it. They just scuttled away and didn’t want to talk about it, they didn’t make any different measures to make it safer for their students,” said Maggie Runkle, a 2009 graduate of Central Mountain.

The superintendent said there are no plans to change policies when it comes to teachers and students being at school overnight because they are trusted to do their jobs.

But former students of the district think it’s time to change those policies.

“There’s no reason a child should be staying completely overnight with a teacher, there’s no reason for it,” added Runkle.

“I feel that’s very inappropriate, I feel there should be limited hours and it should be more supervised,” said Brooke Moore, also a Central Mountain alum.

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