A man who was a former volunteer assistant coach at Kingston High School was arrested Friday and charged with raping two teenage girls, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office said.
The investigation started when the school resource officer assigned to Kingston High School heard allegations regarding Kevin S. Quick, 22, allegedly engaging in inappropriate relationships with female students, Undersheriff Frank Faluotico said Saturday.
The resource officer passed the information along to detectives, who began an investigation. They arrested Quick at the sheriff's office headquarters in Kingston after Quick voluntarily came in Friday when detectives asked to question him, Faluotico said.
Quick was dismissed from his volunteer coaching position by Kingston Schools Superintendent Paul Padalino "earlier this week," Faluotico said, after school officials got wind of the allegations and the criminal investigation.
Quick, who volunteered as an assistant coach for the high school crew team, is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl at a house in Esopus on May 4, according to police. During the investigation, police said they learned of a second victim, a 16-year-old girl who Quick had sexual contact with "on more than one occasion at his residence" in the Town of Kingston.
It's not clear if the girls were members of the team, or whether Quick used his position to contact them. Faluotico said Kingston schools have a screening process for volunteers as well as paid employees, but said he did not know specifics about how thoroughly volunteers are vetted.
Padalino cited Kingston's school board policy, which states volunteers at Kingston schools must complete an application form and provide two personal references. Individual school principals are responsible "for verifying that the individual is of good moral character" and for checking both references before clearing someone to work as a volunteer in the schools, Padalino said.
However, Padalino said Quick -- who is a 2010 graduate of Kingston High School -- "never held an official position, volunteer or otherwise, with the Kingston City School District." Quick "seems to have served in an unofficial, unapproved capacity" without the knowledge of school administrators, Padalino said.
"Mr. Quick will not be present in our schools or at any school events in accordance with district policy," Padalino wrote. "We have commenced our own administrative investigation into matters related to the alleged misconduct."
Quick's arrest didn't mark the end of the investigation, and now detectives -- along with State Police and the district attorney's Special Victims Unit -- are looking into the possibility that Quick may have had sex or inappropriate contact with other victims.
"Anybody who would have additional information pertaining to the defendant or possible criminal acts is encouraged to give us a call," Faluotico said.
Faluotico cited the possibility of additional victims as a reason why the sheriff's office did not release Quick's mug shot -- those potential victims could be asked to pick Quick out of a lineup or photo lineup if they come forward with additional allegations against the Kingston man.
Quick was charged with third-degree rape, a felony, and misdemeanor forcible touching, police said. He was arraigned and sent to Ulster County Jail on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond. Quick had not posted bail as of 7 p.m. Saturday. It was not clear if he had retained an attorney.
Anyone with information on Quick or alleged sex crimes can call the Ulster County Sheriff's Department detective division at 845-340-3956.
You also may be interested in:
More coverageSaugerties man allegedly harassed teen Cops: Ulster man threatened kids with gun
A Saugerties man fired a shotgun, threatened to kill his girlfriend and her three childrenCops: Ulster man molested girl, 10
An Ulster County man sexually abused a 10-year-old girl, according to State Police at Kingston,