Updated 01/10/2013 11:00 PM
Former teacher convicted of affair with student sought for violating parole
A former South Buffalo Charter School teacher convicted for having sexual relations with one of her students is in trouble again. YNN's Ryan Whalen tells us why police are looking for her this time.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — In 2008, a South Buffalo Charter School teacher was arrested for her relationship with her 15-year-old student.
Cara Dickey received a four-year sentence for second degree rape and was given a conditional release this past February from Albion Correctional Facility after serving 6/7's of her sentence.
"There were evidently no violations of her parole conditions during that time that we were aware of, up until these revelations were made a couple of days ago," Peter Cutler, a Department of Corrections Spokesperson, said.
But a parole officer discovered Dickey may have violated her parole over the holiday.
"It became evident that she might have, in fact, engaged in some inappropriate contact with a minor," Cutler said.
Attorney Jennifer Stergion said inappropriate contact could mean any number of things.
"There are some conditions where if the sex offender is released, they're not allowed to speak to their own children as conditions of their probation or parole if they have a sex offense," Stergion said.
But matters were made worse when parole officers discovered the electronic monitoring bracelet Dickey's worn since she was released from prison was disconnected.
"Whether or not there is any validity to the allegations relative to contact with a minor or whatever the case might be, this action that she's taken is a clear violation of her parole conditions," Cutler said.
Stergion said sex offenders have one of the lowest rates of re-offense among criminals. But it's hard to reassimilate into society because there's no place to go.
"If you're too close to a school or if you're too close to a nursing home or a daycare center, even if that's the only place you may have to go home to, you can't go there because of the certain laws associated with that," she said.
A warrant has been issued for Dickey's arrest.
"Once she comes into custody she will be adjudicated and she could very well go back to prison," Cutler said.
She has been missing since Wednesday. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at (716)867-6161.