Saturday, January 25, 2014

If only teachers could marry...

Imagine that...his colleagues didn't cooperate with the investigation.

A prosecutor who helped put an upstate New York gym teacher behind bars for molesting an 8-year-old boy said he was stunned by the lack of cooperation he got from the Matthew LoMaglio's colleagues, 22 of whom wrote letters to the judge supporting him. 
LoMaglio, 37, who was found guilty in November of second degree sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child was sentenced last week to four years in prison. But the process of bringing him to justice for the crimes, which occurred in 2006 and 2007, was complicated by the victim's fear and the unwillingness of other teachers at Rochester School 19 to cooperate with the investigation, according to Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Kyle Rossi.
“Some of the [school staffers] who were cooperative told us there was talk at school, sort of like ‘Are you for the teacher or for the student,’” Rossi told the education blog “It was very disappointing to make contact with teachers who wouldn’t give us the time of day until they were instructed to.”
The boy told his mother at the time of the abuse that he was frightened to attend gym class and had dreamed that LoMaglio had raped him, prompting her to meet with school officials. Susan Hasenaur-Curtis, the assistant principal at School 19 at the time, testified that she met with the boy and his mother in November of 2006, but did not report the concern to Child Protective Services as she would have been required to do if she believed there were credible allegations or evidence of sexual abuse.
The specific allegations did not come to light until 2012, when the boy wrote a letter to his older brother, explaining how he had been assaulted by LoMaglio. Although he hid the letter in his bedroom, a younger brother found it and gave it to their parents.

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