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Sacred Heart Teacher Arrested on Rape Charges

By Christopher Jamele

Buffalo, NY – A 42-year-old man who taught social studies at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in Eggertsville was arrested Friday night on charges of raping a student of the all-girls school.

James Van Valkinburgh faces seven counts of third-degree rape commonly known as "statutory rape" as well as one count of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.

Van Valkinburgh, a husband and a father of two, had been employed by the school for nine years.

Details regarding the victim have not been released. Authorities say the investigation is continuing.