Josh RultenbergOct 31, 2017, 11:14 amOct 31, 2017, 12:07 pm

PD: Brewster High School teacher had sex with 16-year-old student

Christopher Vlangas, 41, faces multiple statutory rape charges, prosecutors say


BREWSTER — A high school teacher is accused of having sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student.

Christopher Vlangas, 41, of Sherman, Connecticut is accused of having sex with the student in the towns of Southeast and Patterson. The prosecutor's office says he is now facing multiple statutory rape charges.

Vlangas, a naval science instructor in the Navy junior ROTC program at Brewster High School and a retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer, has been charged with four felonies.

In Southeast, Vlangas faces one count of criminal sexual act and one count of third-degree rape. In Patterson, he faces two counts of third-degree rape.

Police say on Oct. 12, a staff member at the high school was told about the alleged relationship. The school then passed the information on to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Vlangas didn't return to Brewster High after an investigation ensued.

He was arrested Monday in Danbury, Connecticut and is being held as a fugitive.

Police searched his school office, home in Connecticut and his car. It's unknown if any evidence was found.

Brewster Superintendent Valerie Henning-Piedmonte released a statement on the district's website saying, "We’re deeply disturbed and saddened by these allegations. As a district, we continue to cooperate fully with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. Our counseling team at Brewster High School has been meeting regularly with students."

Meanwhile, the sheriff's office is asking anyone with further information in the case to contact them.

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