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Teaching assistant accused of attacking student

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 17:49:19-05

A teaching assistant at Randolph Academy has been arrested for allegedly attacking a student.

According to the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, Sean Callaghan allegedly abused a student and falsely recorded the incident.

Randolph Academy provides educational services to students with special emotional and behavioral needs.

Callaghan allegedly pushed the student into a wall by holding the victim's neck on March 31, 2016, according to the Justice Center.

Callaghan appeared in Hamburg Town Court on Friday and was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child, falsifying business records and harassment, according to the Justice Center.

The Justice Center says Callaghan was released on his own recognizance. He is expected to be back in court on March 10.

"While the victim in this case was not injured, applying pressure to a person's neck can quickly lead to unconsciousness and is potentially lethal," said Special Prosecutor Patricia Gunning. "School personnel, like this defendant, who attack at-risk youth in their care will be held accountable."