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Elementary school teacher charged after "inappropriate physical contact" with child

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 16:31:21-05

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported that a 35-year-old Ripley Central School teacher has been charged  with endangering the welfare of a child. 

According to detectives, Lisa Sabella of Westfield, N.Y. "allegedly had utilized inappropriate physical contact while dealing with a juvenile child."

On November 3rd, Chautauqua County Sheriffs received a complaint about Sabella's actions, conducted a brief investigation, and charged the teacher with endangering the welfare of a child. 

She was issued a ticket to appear in the Town of Ripley Court at a later date. 

Investigators have not yet confirmed whether the child was a student at Ripley Central School.

Ripley Central School District has released this statement:

"The District has zero tolerance for any violation of the law or District policy regarding the use of physical force on students. We are grateful for the swift response by law enforcement after the District promptly reported the issue. The safety and security of our students is the District's highest priority. The teacher in question has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation and action."