|Arthur M. Mascho|
Following an investigation into a suspicious person loitering in the lawn at the Wellsville middle / high school Wellsville Police charged Arthur M. Mascho, age 61 with endangering the welfare of a child. Mascho was arraigned before Wellsville Village Court Justice O'Connor and remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. Mascho is to return to Village Court at a later date.
On Thursday morning, September 15th, an observant Wellsville officer noticed this man loitering near the middle-high school attempting to engage female students in conversation. The officer contacted the man and identified him as Arthur Mascho of Belmont. Mascho is a level 2 registered sex offender. The officer then escorted the man away from campus. According to the New York State Sex Offender Registry Mascho has no stipulations or limitations since his probation has expired. The incident is being reviewed by the Allegany County District Attorney's Office.
We urge anyone to call 911 if they see anyone suspicious at or near any school campus.