New York art teacher touched 16-year-old student during inappropriate relationship: cops BY Sasha Goldstein NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 2:59 PM New York State Police Ashley Kaufmann, 30, an art teacher at Port Jervis High School, faces two misdemeanor charges stemming from the alleged relationship with the student. A New York art teacher has been charged with forcibly touching a 16-year-old student during an inappropriate relationship she had with the child, state police said. Ashley Kaufmann, 30, was arrested Tuesday after authorities learned of the fling with the unidentified boy, a student at Port Jervis High School. The touching was “forcible” because the boy was a minor and unable to consent, police said. Kaufmann also faces an endangering the welfare of a child charge and is due in court in Town of Deerpark County on Aug. 5. Kaufmann and the boy began their relationship, which included “touching of a sexual nature,” in early 2015, police told the Times Herald-Record. They hooked up on school grounds and in different places around the town, which sits in a corner of New York along the borders of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to cops. There was reportedly no sexual intercourse and no sexual touching at Kaufmann or the boy’s home. Kaufmann is the school’s fine arts program coordinator and served as an assistant music set designer during the 2013-14 school year. "The district is aware of the situation and we have been working with our attorneys on the matter," Superintendent Thomas Bongiovi told the Herald-Record. "The district is presently conducting its own investigation, and due to privacy rights of all involved, I cannot comment any further at this time."