John Azabache turned himself into the police on Friday after he was accused of raping a 16-year-old female student at the high school he taught at. The alleged incidents happened off school grounds and weren’t during school hours.
The young student’s family contacted the police after they found out that the 31-year-old math teacher allegedly had sexual relations with her between March and July.
Azabache was charged with two counts of third degree rape and was released on $50,000 bond.
A restraining order was also issued to keep Azabache away from the 16-year-old girl and two members of her family.
The former math teacher at Ossining High School was supposed to marry Amanda Rae DeLuccia the day he turned himself in. Most of the wedding guests were informed Thursday that the wedding was off.
“It all just came out at the last minute,” the bride’s 92-year-old grandmother said. “He always seemed like a nice guy. I don’t know what happened. You men are all alike. You stink. I hope they send him to jail forever.”
“I’m brokenhearted for her,” the grandma cried. “She doesn’t deserve this. She’s such a beautiful, smart girl.”
Azabache has since been reassigned from teaching and barred from school grounds.
“The safety and well being of our students is our highest priority,” Ossining Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said. “We take these charges very seriously and will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement during their investigation.”
Azabache started teaching at Ossining High School in 2008 and earned $74,622 in the 2011-2012 school year.
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