Report: Asst. Principal Accused of Rape

A second employee at same HS accused of sexual abuse

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - 02:03 PM

A report from the Special Commissioner of Investigation released Wednesday accused William Abreu, an already disgraced assistant principal at Progress High School for Professional Careers, of  raping a 17-year-old student and using her immigration status to intimidate her. The Daily News has the story.

The report also detailed charges against Juan Martinez, an after-school program administrator and not an employee of the Department of Education, that included forcing a then 16-year-old student to perform oral sex on him in his school office.

Special Commission of Investigation Richard Condon recommended that Abreu and Martinez be dismissed and barred from future employment with the D.O.E.

"The actions by both Abreu and Martinez are reprehensible," said D.O.E. spokeswoman Erin Hughes.  "William Abreu is currently suspended without pay and we are seeking his termination. Juan Martinez is ineligible to work for the Department of Education."

Both cases have been referred to the Brooklyn district attorney's office. The Daily News has more on the story here.


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