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Principal Charged With Having Sex With Student Inside Office in New Rochelle

Written By Rana G on Saturday, March 26, 2011 | 10:47 AM


An assistant school principal in New Rochelle who recently resigned from his post was arrested and charged Friday with sexually abusing a 14-year-old student, officials announced Friday.

According to authorities, Jose Martinez is accused of having "ongoing courses of manual and oral sex" with the male student between March 2010 and June 2010, inside his middle school office .

Martinez, 37, has been charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual act, officials announced at a morning press conference.

New Rochelle Police Capt. Joseph Schaller told reporters Martinez was arrested Thursday at his home in Brentwood, Long Island. He remains in police custody awaiting arraignment.

Martinez resigned from his position as assistant principal of Jefferson Elementary School on March 11, after holding the post for only five months.

Before transferring to Jefferson Elementary, Martinez worked as dean at the Issac E. Young Middle School. According to officials, it was there where the abuse took place with the child who was a student at the time.

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Police started investigating Martinez after the boy's mother made a complaint where she believed the school administrator was involved in an inappropriate relationship with her son. On March 23, the mother finally filed a formal complaint with authorities, nearly two weeks after Martinez submitted his resignation to the school district.

According to Jefferson school officials, Martinez cited "personal reasons" for his sudden departure. District officials say they are fully cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation.
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