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Former St. Pete middle school teacher found guilty of child molestation in New York

MALONE, N.Y. — A former teacher at Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg, who was acquitted of child molestation charges in 1996, was found guilty Wednesday in a New York court of raping a 13-year-old girl in 2009.

A jury in Franklin County, N.Y., found Michael Scaringe, 63, guilty of rape, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican reports. Scaringe, who at the time was the director of the Saranac Lake Youth Center, took the girl to his home in 2009 and had sex with her.

Sentencing was set for Aug. 1.

Scaringe was acquitted in 1996 of molesting a 14-year-old student at Bay Point, where he worked as a substitute band teacher. His trial in that case included testimony from a former student at the private Canterbury School of Florida, who claimed that Scaringe was known for engaging in sexual behavior with students when he worked there in 1993.