December 21, 2014

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Amherst custodian allegedly molested child younger than 13

Raymond Tiller

Raymond Tiller

AMHERST — The victim in a sex offense that allegedly occurred at Josiah Harris Elementary School last month was a child but police said not an Amherst Schools student.

Raymond Tiller, a 56-year-old custodian at the school, was arraigned Wednesday in Oberlin Municipal Court on two counts of kidnapping and two counts of gross sexual imposition on a child.

According to Amherst police Sgt. Dan Makruski, there is only one victim in the alleged incident, which was reported to police Monday. The victim was younger than 13, he added.

Makruski said the alleged incident happened April 5 at Harris, which is on South Lake Street.

Police are not releasing any more information on what may have happened.

An investigation led police to arrest Tiller about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at a friend’s house in Oberlin.

Tiller, who has been with the school district since 2003, has never had a school-related offense on his record, and his background checks prior to hiring turned up nothing suspicious, said Mike Molnar, executive director of educational services.

Since the arrest, Tiller has been placed on paid administrative leave, which Molnar said is protocol. No further action will be taken until the court makes a decision on Tiller’s fate.

However, the school is still taking precautions to make sure their students are safe.

Amherst School Superintendent Steve Sayers said the school immediately changed its locks and sent a call out to parents when they heard about the arrest Tuesday.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.