SENECA FALLS — State police arrested a former Waterloo teacher Tuesday for allegedly having sexual contact with a 16-year-old in Seneca Falls.

Lindsey M. Halstead, 29, of East Bloomfield, was charged with two counts of sexual misconduct and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Police said Halstead was employed by the Waterloo school district from September 2014 through February 2018, then worked as a long-term substitute teacher in the Phelps-Clifton Springs (Midlakes) school district from February 2018 through April 2019, when she was fired.

In a statement posted on the Waterloo district website, Superintendent Terri Bavis said the school district is fully cooperating with the state police investigation.

“The safety and security of our students is of utmost importance and all reports of any kind are treated seriously,” Bavis said. “As this is an active police investigation, the Waterloo Central School District will not be making any further public comment regarding this matter at this time.”

In a similar statement on the Midlakes website, Superintendent Matt Sickles said that district also is cooperating with state police and is “unaware of any alleged misconduct involving Midlakes students, or any alleged misconduct occurring on our campus.”

Halstead was taken to the Seneca County Jail for arraignment. Police said their investigation continues and additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the state police in Waterloo at (315) 539-3530.

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