Roxbury teacher charged in arson case
By Brian Sweeney
A Roxbury Central School teacher was arrested on Dec. 1 and charged with arson stemming from his alleged involvement in setting fire to a camping trailer that he co-owned with another RCS teacher. Mike McAfee, 44, was charged with one count of fifth-degree arson, a Class A misdemeanor. State troopers say the charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and fines.
The charge stems from McAfee’s alleged connection to a fire that destroyed a large camping trailer at Slauson’s Trailer Park near Roxbury late Saturday afternoon, Nov-ember 28.
Police report that the camping trailer belonged jointly to McAfee and an ex-girlfriend who they identified as Mary Lucas, also of Roxbury.
McAfee, who is employed at Roxbury Central School as a music teacher, was arraigned in the Town of Roxbury Justice Court following his arrest. After his arraignment McAfee was released on his own recognizance pending another court appearance.
RCS Superintendent Tom O’Brien said he was not at liberty to comment on McAfee’s status at the school because it was a personnel matter.
McAfee was also arrested last week on a criminal summons charging him with second-degree harassment. That charge stemmed from a complaint made by an employee at the Margaretville Hospital Emergency Room.
McAfee is scheduled to appear in Middletown Town Court on December 14 regarding the harassment charge.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department Arson Task Force and Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson assisted state police with the case. Firemen from Roxbury, Halcottsville and Grand Gorge battled the blaze, which totally destroyed the camper.