MARCELLUS | A former Marcellus Central School District art teacher who retired from the district November amid sexual misconduct ch of probation after sexual misconduct against studentarges pleaded guilty to those charges in Camillus Town Court.
As a result, Timothy Smarzo faces six years of probation after his case went before Camillus Town Justice John Petosa. Smarzo was charged with three Class A misdemeanors — two counts of forcible touching and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
District Superintendent Dr. Craig Tice said the district sent a letter home to parents Nov. 26, the day after the sexual misconduct allegations came forward, and the art teacher was suspended with pay and banned from school property after New York State Police arrested Smarzo.
The student's parents reported the incident to the State Police Special Investigations Unit, according to the letter, and State Police informed the district of its investigation. In the letter, Tice said the district was "stunned and saddened" to learn about the charges.
Last fall, the teacher forcibly made contact with a student during class, and as a result of the arrest, he was escorted off campus by State Police and his identification card and computer account were deactivated.
At the time of the teacher's arrest, Tice said Smarzo was an accomplished artist himself who provided art classes for adults and acquired many grants for the school district.
Now, as a result of his sentence, the 65-year-old had to register as a Level 3 sex offender. In January, Smarzo retired from the school district.
"He retired from the district on Jan. 9, and we approved it at the board meeting three days later," Tice said.