Police: Canandaigua Academy teacher charged with having sexual contact with a student

Posted at: 11/14/2012 12:05 PM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 6:16 PM
By: Brett Davidsen

A disturbing case out of Canandaigua. A teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. Investigators believe the relationship lasted for several months. Officers say the most recent incident happened last weekend.

44-year-old Lisa Footer has been charged with sex abuse, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.

On her teacher web page, Lisa Footer says it's her 22nd year of teaching and she's determined that it will be her best. Obviously it isn't turning out that way as she stands accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student who attends Canandaigua Academy.

Footer is charged with three misdemeanors: sex abuse, forcible touching and endangering welfare of child. She was arraigned Tuesday night. According to police, she was having a sexual relationship with a 16 -year-old male student.

Police say the incident that led to the charges occurred Saturday night in the parking lot of a local convenience store. But police also believe there may have been multiple encounters dating back to the summer and therefore they expect to bring more charges.

Investigators do not believe any of the sexual encounters incurred on school property or during school day.

Footer, who is married and has at least one teenaged child of her own, lives in Manchester. News10NBC went to her house, but no one answered the door. News10NBC got reaction from the community.

Maggie Brewer said, “We just hear of these things all the time. Everyday, everyday you turn the TV on, it's something, it's really disgusting.”

Nicole Johnson said, “It's pretty scary. I'm pregnant with my first baby and this is where he is going to be growing up. It's pretty shocking.”

The district has placed Ms. Footer on administrative leave and directed her not to be on school property. The district is reviewing its legal obligations and rights regarding Ms. Footer's employment.

Other cases at Canandaigua Academy

Footer is not the first teacher in Canandaigua charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student. In 2010, another Canandaigua Academy teacher, Maria Gurecki-Haskins pled guilty and was sentenced to 45 days in jail and had to surrender her teaching certificate for having a sexual contact with a 17-year-old student inside a classroom.


There is also a case against a teacher's aide, Thomas Spina, accused of sending sexual text messages to students.