December 19, 2018

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Two area school districts investigating threats of on-line student blackmail by predator

Dec 6, 2018 | ,

New York State Police are investigating reports of an online predator, and now letters have gone home to parents — warning them about the threat.

Officials with Penn Yan and Dundee Central Schools say they’re investigating reports of an individual blackmailing area students over social media.

Penn Yan Superintendent Howard Dennis says the investigation began a few days ago when students in Penn Yan confided in trusted adults at the school. They then notified law enforcement. Dennis says the predator has victimized more than a handful of students, and he has heard reports there may be as many as 15 young people who have been blackmailed, according to Dennis.

Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck says she is not aware of any students in Dundee who have been directly involved.

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