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.