Important safety reminders following Albany arrest
N.Y. (June 7, 2017) -- The Albany County
Sheriff’s Department and the FBI Child Exploitation Taskforce made an
arrest in Albany on June 5 in a case that involves charges of child
pornography. Law enforcement officials arrested Christopher Pratt, 53,
at his residence at 982 Western Ave., near Eagle Point Elementary
School. Pratt was arraigned June 6 on felony charges involving child
Law enforcement officials indicate that Pratt told them that
since the 1990s he has exposed himself to several hundred victims
throughout the United States. They have asked, and the City School
District of Albany would encourage, that anyone who has been a victim of
these crimes or may have information on the matter contact the Albany
County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit at (518) 765-2351.
The safety of all of our students is a top priority throughout
the City School District of Albany. We ask parents and guardians to
review the following safety tips with the entire family. These tips are
intended to keep children safe anytime they are out in the community
without adult supervision.
-- NEVER WALK ALONE – Walk
with a family member, an older student or with a group of students.
-- DO NOT TALK
TO STRANGERS – If approached by a stranger RUN
immediately to the nearest store or crossing guard and tell an
adult about it.
-- COME TO
SCHOOL ON TIME – Sometimes being late is unavoidable.
Parents and guardians, on those occasions please escort your children
into the school building and be
certain of their safe arrival.
-- WALK AGAINST
TRAFFIC SO YOU CANNOT BE FOLLOWED – It takes time for a
driver to turn around and it will give you a head start.
-- TELL SOMEONE
IMMEDIATELY – If you have had something happen to you,
have had an experience or seen something that made you feel
uncomfortable or scared, or if you have
information, tell school officials or your parents immediately.
Please review this information
with your children and impress upon them the importance of avoiding
strangers. You also can download
this information in a letter from Interim Superintendent Kimberly
Young Wilkins, Ed.D. The district is mailing the letter to all district
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 17
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High