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Long Island high school teacher accused of sexually abusing student

Stephen Malusa, 47, of Coram, is accused of allegedly sexually abusing a student at Ward Melville High School in Setauket, Suffolk County police said.
Stephen Malusa, 47, of Coram, is accused of allegedly sexually abusing a student at Ward Melville High School in Setauket, Suffolk County police said. Photo Credit: Suffolk County Police Dept.

A Long Island school teacher was arrested Monday night after police said he allegedly sexually abused a female student while working at Ward Melville High School in Setauket, according to a March 25 police news release.

Stephen Malusa, 47, of Coram, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, Suffolk County police said.

Detectives with the Suffolk County Police Special Victim’s Squad said Malusa was arrested after an investigation “revealed he had abused a female student in May 2013.” Police provided no further information about the alleged incident and did not identify the age of the victim.

The Three Village Central School District did not immediately comment on the allegations.

Malusa, who could not be reached for comment, remained behind bars Tuesday night at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead. He was being held on $15,000 cash bail or $45,000 bond, according to online court records. He is due back in court on March 31.

Police said they are continuing to investigate and urged anyone with information to call detectives at 631-852-6531 or to anonymously call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.