An ex-teacher at Bethpage High School has been accused of sexually assaulting a student in New York and Pennsylvania.
Ex-Bethpage High Teacher Charged with Sexually Assaulting Student in Pennsylvania
Last Updated: 7/13/2020
A former Bethpage High School teacher who was charged with sexually assaulting a student in June has been arrested a second time for allegedly sexually assaulting the same student on a class trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania.
28-year-old Joseph A. Gallagher was arrested on September 27 on charges of institutional sexual assault, intercourse/sexual contact with a student, unlawful contact with a minor, disseminating explicit sexual material to a minor, unlawful contact with a minor related to obscene and other sexual materials and performances, corruption of minors, and criminal use of a communication facility. Those charges have been filed in Pennsylvania.
Gallagher is accused of sexually assaulting a student at the Sheraton Hotel in Harrisburg, PA on May 17 and 18 during a class trip to Hershey.
Nassau County police first arrested Gallagher on June 19 and charged him with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child for allegedly exchanging sexual text messages with the same student. He was fired from his position as a choir teacher with Bethpage High School on June 22.
Gallagher has waived his preliminary hearing and is scheduled to appear in Dauphin County court on November 8.