Posted at: 01/16/2013 5:55 PM
Updated at: 01/16/2013 6:14 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri
Because of a News10NBC investigation, the Rochester City School District is taking action, notifying parents about a physical education teacher accused of molesting one of his students. News10NBC is getting some answers from the school district about its policy.
Matthew Lomaglio, 36, of Irondequoit entered a not guilty plea Tuesday. He's charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 11. Investigators say the abuse happened at School No. 19 during the 2006-2007 school year.
News10NBC learned the Rochester City School District has no policy that requires them to notify parents if a teacher is arrested and accused of sexually abusing a student while at school. A spokesman for the district says they evaluate each case individually and its up to the school's principal whether to notify parents. In this case, they chose not to until News10NBC brought attention to the arrest.
News10NBC reached out to the Rochester City School District to find out what goes into the decision to not let parents know a former teacher at School No. 19 had been arrested and accused of sexually abusing a boy at school. After our calls, the district released a statement about why they decided to not notify parents about Matthew Lomaglio's arrest.
Rochester City School District statement, said, "In this case, the police have told us that the charges against Mr. Lomaglio involve activity that allegedly took place during the 2006-2007 school year, and there is no reason to suspect that more than one child was involved. The students currently at school 19 were not there at the time of the alleged activity."
With the school district not able to provide anyone to talk to on camera. News10NBC went to the school board, and had an appointment with the vice president at 1:30 p.m., but he never showed up. News10NBC then went to School 19 to hear what parents had to say.”
Marshea Washington, parent, said, “They have slipped through the cracks, and it just keeps happening, and it's awful. What are we suppose to tell our children to be aware of, and what to look out for.”
After News10NBC's story Tuesday, the school district decided to send home a letter with students Wednesday, notifying parents of Lomaglio's arrest.
Washington said, “Yeah, it is too little too late, because I had to hear about it on the news and in the newspaper and the school hadn't notified us this. It's ridiculous. I think they should be more on top of what they are doing.”
Denise Wingate said, “As a parent it should be everyone's concern especially these kids. We've got little babies that gohere. If there is anything like that especially in the city school district, or any school district, parents should be notified.”
The district also explained in the statement that because students at School No. 19 were not there at the time of the alleged incidents they didn't want to create unnecessary alarm, but parents were calling concerned after the news reports and that's why they changed their minds.