A Long Island teacher and a longtime counselor at a summer camp is accused of sexually abusing five victims under the age of 11.
Dylan Stolz, 51, of Little Neck, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, New York State Police said. Officials started investigating him last month after receiving complaints from Brant Lake Camp last month.
Police say authorities were first made aware of the allegations against Stolz on June 28. They did not disclose when and where the alleged incidents took place.
Stolz has been a counselor at the camp for 33 years. Police said he also works as a teacher for the Hewlett-Woodmere School District in Nassau County. Online records show he is fourth-grade teacher at Ogden Elementary School in Valley Stream.
Authorities say they've contacted the school district to alert them.
According to a school district spokesperson, Stolz will be reassigned, and not working with children, pending the outcome of the investigation.
In a letter to parents and guardians, the superintendent of Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools, Ralph Marino, Jr., also stressed "that the District has taken appropriate and responsible action to address this matter. The Hewlett-Woodmere School District immediately placed this individual on administrative reassignment pending the outcome of this matter."
Additionally, the letter says that district officials will continue to monitor the situation.
"Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools has no higher priority than the safety of our students," reads a portion of the letter.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Stolz had an attorney who could comment on the allegations. No one answered the door when News 4 rang Friday morning.
Camp officials told The Wall Street Journal that they are cooperating with the investigation. News 4 has left messages with the camp, state police, the school district and Nassau County police seeking additional information and comment.
Stolz was arraigned Thursday, police said. Brant Lake Camp is a summer camp for boys ages 7 to 15.