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Dutchess school bus monitor charged with sex crime against student

Charles Kane III, 57, of Hopewell Junction, is

Charles Kane III, 57, of Hopewell Junction, is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with an 18-year-old special-needs student. (Nov. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: New York State Police

A Dutchess County school bus monitor faces a felony sex charge after a surveillance camera caught him inappropriately touching a teenage special-needs student on the bus, police said.

Charles Kane III, 57, of Hopewell Junction, faces a single count of second-degree criminal sexual act, State Police Investigator Daniel Smith said Tuesday.

Officials from the Wappingers Central School District called State Police on Monday after reviewing surveillance video taken Nov. 20 on a district school bus. "There were some inquiries about some odd behavior on the bus between students, so they decided to take a look at the video, and they found an incident they were not expecting," Smith said.

School officials saw what police said appeared to be contact of a sexual nature between Kane and an 18-year-old special-needs student who attends Wappingers schools. "She doesn't have the ability to consent to anything," Smith said.

Kane and the victim knew each other before the incident. "He's been the monitor on that bus for quite some time," Smith said.

Troopers found Kane at his home Monday and brought him to the Wappinger barracks for questioning, then charged him, Smith said.

Smith said that as far as he knows, it is the first time State Police have charged Kane with a sex crime.

Kane was arraigned Tuesday morning before Wappinger Town Justice Heather Kitchen and sent to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. His next court date is Wednesday. Information on his legal representation was not immediately available Tuesday.

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