March 20, 2008
Fort Edward, NY (The Weekly Vice) -- Kason M. O'neil, a 27 year old teacher at Hudson Falls High School arrested last month on two counts of second-degree rape of a 14 year old student has officially been indicted with increasingly serious charges.
O'neil has now been officially indicted on 21 charges that accuse him of having sex with an under aged student 20 times between 2005 and 2007.
Police also say they have evidence that he had sex with the girl at his former home in Saratoga County, which may lead to additional charges in the case. O'neil currently resides in Scotia, N.Y..
O'neil, who has been put on leave from the school, now faces 14 felonies and 7 misdemeanors in indictments by a Washington County grand jury. The indictment includes 5 counts of statutory rape and 9 counts accusing the former track coach of committing oral sex with the 14 year old.
Here is the original report we published about 10 days ago.
Kason M. O'neil, a 26 year old physical education teacher and track coach at Hudson Falls High School has been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree rape of a 14 year old student.
Police say that O'neil, who resides in Scotia New York, had sex on multiple occasions with the 14 year old female student in 2005 and 2006. Police also say that additional charges may be forthcoming in the case as the investigation continues.
Police became aware of the situation when the girl, who now attends another school, disclosed the relationship to school administrators who then contacted police.
O'neil was placed under arrest on Thursday and escorted from the school and made a first appearance in court where was ordered held on a $50,000 cash bond or $100,000 bail bond.
O'neil was processed into the Washington County Jail.
UPDATE: Acquitted of felony charges, found guilty on misdemeanor charges.
In the trial on this case, the jury became deadlocked. 11 members of the jury wanted Kason convicted on all felony charges. One lone juror disagreed. A compromise was struck in the case, acquitting Kason of the felony charges and convicting him of two misdemeanor charges.
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