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Former Webster CSD employee facing rape charges

January 30, 2019 08:56 PM

WEBSTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A former Webster special education teacher and coach is charged with two counts of rape.

Kali Watkins worked for the Webster Central School District from August 2015 to December 2017.

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He's accused of having sex with a child younger than 15 years old. 

For a year, Superintendent Carmen Gumina says Kali Watkins was a special education teacher who coached varsity boy's football and junior varsity girl's basketball until an incident was reported to someone in the district.

The internal investigation then became a police matter.

"In November of 2017, the district was informed of concerns regarding Mr. Watkins conduct with colleagues and students that prompted an internal personnel investigation," said Gumina. 

So for more than a year, Webster Police have been investigating Watkins and finally arrested him on Tuesday. 

Why did it take more than a year?

"Webster Police did a thorough investigation. To do things right, it takes time," said Meredith Vacca, prosecutor. 

News10NBC inquired about Watkins' status and these allegations back in 2017 when we were notified Watkins was no longer coaching.

Neither the police chief or the superintendent would confirm Watkins was under investigation.

On Wednesday afternoon, News10NBC went to Watkins home to speak with him, but no one answered the door.

Parents say this is troubling, but not surprising. 

"It's everywhere, you just have to be careful and on your guard. It happens everywhere," said parent Kristi Gierczakt. "I just tell my kids, 'talk' if they feel uncomfortable about something."

If you have any information about this case, Webster Police are asking those to call 585-872-1216 or 911 and ask for a Webster Police supervisor. 

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Lynette Adams

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