MILL HALL - A local music and drama teacher faces criminal charges for alleged indecent assault involving a male student, according to authorities.
Keystone Central School District Police Officer Brandon Coleman filed charges Thursday against Scott C. Frazier, 43, of Mill Hall for a March 28 incident in which he allegedly had "indecent contact" with the male student in the early morning hours at Central Mountain High School.
Coleman filed indecent assault and harassment charges, both misdemeanors, with Magisterial District Judge John W. Maggs in Mill Hall. The paperwork will be mailed to Frazier, who served as an elementary school music teacher and high school drama club adviser.
Frazier is not expected to appear in court until his preliminary hearing, which is slated for Oct. 1 in Central Court at the Clinton County Courthouse.
Court records outline an encounter between Frazier and the student that happened about 6:30 a.m. in the drama department's prop room where Frazier allegedly touched the victim sexually.
Frazier could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Keystone Central School District Superintendent Kelly Hastings told The Lock Haven Express the district learned of the criminal allegation on June 3 and immediately placed Frazier on administrative leave with pay. Hastings said the suspension with pay is protocol when dealing with an allegation related to an ongoing investigation.
Hastings also released a prepared statement about the matter.
"The district is committed to student safety, and reacted promptly and with the strongest possible action to the accusation," Hastings said in the statement. State agencies and law enforcement officials were notified as required by law, and the district will continue to work closely with law enforcement personnel to monitor the case and the charges, the statement said.
When asked about Frazier's presence in the high school at such an early hour on the date of the alleged abuse, Hastings said it is "not unusual" for teachers, students and staff to arrive early or stay late for various projects or activities.
"We come in early, we stay late," she said.
Frazier is a full-time music teacher, instructing classes at Renovo and Liberty-Curtin elementary schools. He also serves as the drama club adviser at Central Mountain High School. This fall would have been his second year as an elementary school instructor.
Substitute teachers are handling Frazier's classes, Hastings said.
Clinton County District Attorney Michael Salisbury said the maximum penalty for the charges against Frazier is two years in prison and $5,000 in fines. If convicted, Frazier would have to register as a sex offender for 15 years, he said.