SALEM — A substitute teacher at Salem High School was arrested over the weekend after police learned he made comments of a sexual nature to seventh- and eighth-grade students, authorities said.
Kristian A. Payne, 23, of Salem, was charged Sunday with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, after an investigation by State Police into comments he was accused of making to students on Friday.
Authorities said he discussed with students his sexual history and relationships, in graphic terms.
Salem School Superintendent David Glover said Payne had worked as a per diem substitute teacher and the district will no longer use his services.
He said counseling services will be made available for students if they need assistance.
“As soon as we learned of the allegations after the school day Friday, we took steps to make sure he doesn’t teach in the district and isn’t allowed on campus,” Glover said.
It was unclear Monday whether he had worked in any other school districts or whether he had legal representation. He was not being represented by the Washington County Public Defender’s Office as of Monday afternoon.
He had also served as an assistant varsity soccer coach at Salem High in 2016, according to his LinkedIn social media page.
Payne, a 2012 Salem High graduate, was released, pending prosecution in Salem Town Court. The charge is punishable by up to a year in Washington County Jail.
Anyone with information in the case was asked to call State Police at 518-583-7001.