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After arrest of Greenport High School math teacher, district not yet decided on any possible action

Two days after Gordon Haas, chair of the Greenport High School math department, was arrested and charged with grand larceny, the district has said it’s too soon to say if any action will be taken against him.

“This is a personnel matter, and it is being looked into with legal counsel. I will comment at the appropriate time,” said Greenport Union Free School District Superintendent David Gamberg on Sunday.

Greenport Board of Education President Daniel Creedon said Sunday that it is “way to early to answer” the question of whether or not any action can or will be taken against Haas, who he said has been employed by the district for a long time. “It’s too early to say,” he said.

Haas, of East Marion, was cuffed on Saturday after he stole money from a wallet in a Southold restaurant and then hid the wallet and a cell pone in the toilet tank in the bathroom, police said.

According to Southold Town police, Haas, 54, was arrested at 1 p.m. at the Southold restaurant and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony, because the value of the items was valued at over $1000.

Police said all the items were recovered, but the iPhone was found to be unusable. Haas was taken to Southold Town police headquarters, where he was processed and held overnight to await arraignment, police said.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.