TEACHER ARRESTED (Charged with sexually abusing girl, 16)
James Anson, a 48 year old Freeport High School teacher, was arraigned Friday on charges he sexually abused a student who had volunteered her time to help him in the computer lab. Anson, of 848 Helene Street, Wantagh, was arrested and charged with third degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He posted bail and was released after his arraignment. His bail had been set at $1,000 bond or $250 cash. The alleged sexual abuse took place in the school's computer lab at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. The girl had gone in on her lunch hour to assist Anson with typing, filing and other tasks. The lab was empty except for him and the student when he touched the girl's breasts. Nothing was said between them, but the girl immediately left the classroom in such a hurry that she forgot her pocketbook. She went back and grabbed her purse and then left. She confided in her friends that same day and reported the incident to the principal Thursday morning.