Award-winning Hispanic teacher is now accused of years of sexual abuse of a student at a New York school

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César Sánchez, an award-winning science teacher and baseball coach at KIPP Washington Heights (NYC) Charter High School, was fired after being arrested and charged with alleged sexual abuse of a female student.

Sánchez, 35, allegedly harassed a female student for years before sexually assaulting her, and this week the school’s principal, Danny Swersky, was also fired for his handling of the allegations, prosecutors and school officials said.

The Hispanic Elementary and High School Teacher received in 2018 a “Blackboard Award”, Awarded by the “New York Family” organization, when he was teaching science in 4th grade. Three years later, he was arrested on December 22 and charged with sexual conduct against a minor and endangering his well-being, according to court records.

Principal Swersky was fired two weeks after Sanchez’s arrest for not “following KIPP NYC procedures or not meeting KIPP NYC’s expectations on how to handle this matter,” Superintendent Jim Manly said in an email sent to parents. .

Sánchez was accused of making “lewd and sexually suggestive comments” to the student starting in 2016 when he was in 4th grade. He allegedly touched her chest and rubbed his crotch against her back later when she was in 7th grade, and the abuse continued through 8th grade, according to the complaint.

Between September 2019 and March 2020, Sánchez repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl until her classes were forced to be remote during the COVID-19 pandemic, he detailed New York Post.

Sánchez was prosecuted two weeks ago and released pending trial after paying a fee. $ 7,500 bond, court records show.

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