A substitute teacher at Eastport South Manor High School was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student, Suffolk County police said.
Allan Concepcion, 38, was arrested Tuesday morning at his home at 19 Salisbury Run in Mount Sinai on charges of third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said Conception was involved in the romantic romp with the teen during an encounter that occurred earlier this year. Police did not immediately release further information about the alleged incident or the victim.
Cops said that in addition to being a substitute teacher at Eastport South Manor High School, Concepcion also worked as a junior varsity volleyball coach at the school. He additionally worked as an assistant coach with the Long Island Fury traveling volleyball team and was a substitute teacher and gymnastics coach at Hampton Bays Middle School.
In a statement, Mark Nocero, the Superintendent of the Eastport-South Manor Central School District, said that the school district has taken action to “ensure that Mr. Concepcion will not be allowed on school grounds for any reason.” Nocero said that in addition to working at the high school, Concepcion also worked at the district’s middle school, but only for three days.
“The District is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students. We will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities,” Nocero said in the statement, which was posted to the district’s website.
The Hampton Bays School District released a similar statement, saying that school officials are “appalled and disturbed by these allegations and will cooperate, as necessary, with law enforcement authorities during their investigation.” Superintendent Lars Clemensen said that the district had never received any complaints about Concepcion and that he passed the legally required background checks when he began his employment with the school in 2009.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is an isolated incident,” Clemensen said in a statement. The district has “relieved” Concepcion of his “responsibilities related to students” pending the outcome of the criminal case, the statement said.
Attempts to reach the traveling volleyball team that Concepcion worked for, Long Island Fury, were unsuccessful late Tuesday. According to the organization’s website, the nonprofit group runs programing for girls ages 14 to 17 at Eastport-South Manor High School.
Administrators at Eastport-South Manor are asking anyone with information concerning Concepcion to contact Special Victims Squad detectives at 631-852-6124. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Concepcion was held overnight at the Seventh Precinct in Shirley and is due to be brought Wednesday morning to First District Court in Central Islip for arraignment.