GA--Predator teacher worked in Atlanta area school
For immediate release: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
A predatory teacher who repeatedly abused a student and “allegedly demanded she have two abortions” worked in a suburban Atlanta school, a new report shows.
The secrecy of Catholic officials, who “never disciplined him” but later quietly let him go, allowed him “to work for years in city public schools,” an investigation reveals.
Rodney Alejandro reportedly abused a 15-year-old girl at a Catholic school - St. Francis Preparatory School in New York City - and then went on to work for the Department of Education, a 2015 probe by the city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation charges.
“Alejandro went on to teach at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Alpharetta, Ga., in September 2011, but by December 2012 the school asked him to resign because he didn’t disclose a prior termination,” the New York Post reports.
Our hearts ache for this brave young woman. We applaud her courage. We applaud New York investigators who uncovered this horror. And we beg lawmakers – in New York and Georgia – to reform the archaic, arbitrary statues of limitations that encourage twisted adults to commit child sex crimes and timid adults to conceal child sex crimes. We beg these legislators to show courage, rebuff lobbyists, and side with parents, kids and families, giving child sex abuse victims the chance to protect youngsters and expose wrongdoers in our time-tested justice system.
No matter what school or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in schools – private and public - to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Teacher who allegedly raped student landed job at DOE: probe
By Isabel Vincent and Susan Edelman May 8, 2016 | 6:50am
A former Queens biology teacher who allegedly forced an underage student to repeatedly have sex and demanded she have two abortions skirted authorities after a prominent Catholic school quietly fired him, allowing him to work for years in city public schools, officials report.
Rodney Alejandro abused the 15-year-old girl at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, and then . . .
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- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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