October 31, 2017




Brewster High School instructor charged with having sex with student

TOWN OF SOUTHEAST – A teacher at Brewster High School is facing criminal charges in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with a student.

Christopher Vlangas, 41, of Sherman, Connecticut, allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a 16-year-old female student. The charged sexual activity is alleged to have occurred in the towns of Southeast and Patterson.

At the time of the alleged conduct. Vlangas was a Naval Science instructor in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Brewster High School. According to social media, he is a retired US Navy chief petty officer.

Vlangas faces several charges of statutory rape and a charge of criminal sexual act. He was charged with four felonies including criminal sexual act and rape in the Town of Southeast and two counts of rape in Patterson.

The rape charges are based on the facts that Vlangas is over 21 and the student involved is under 17. Under New York law, a person under 17 is deemed incapable of giving lawful consent in such cases.

On October 12, a high school staff member received information concerning the alleged sexual relationship between Vlangas and the student. School officials notified the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, which began an investigation.

Vlangas did not return to the school campus after the investigation began. Warrant searches were conducted at his office in the school, his home and his vehicle. Authorities did not disclose if any evidence was found.

Vlangas was arrested on October 30 in Danbury, Connecticut by Danbury Police. He was held as a fugitive from justice and was expected to be extradited to New York.

A telephone hotline has been established at the sheriff’s office and anyone with information relevant to the case is asked to call 845-808-4377. Calls will be kept confidential.


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