An Edison Career and Technology High School paraprofessional has been arrested, and charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, following an incident that occurred at East High School in 2015, officials stated.
Mariano Velazquez, 51, also worked as a paraprofessional and athletic coach at East High School last year.
According to officials, the school sent a letter home to parents this week, detailing the circumstances around Velazquez’ arrest, which involved an East High School student.
The letter said, in part:
“While this incident predates the significant changes made at East as a result of the new Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) partnership with the University of Rochester, it is a reminder of our enormous responsibility to East scholars and families. At East, we strive to have a community where our scholars stand proud and strong, and advocate for themselves and others. And, where they know that they are safe, and they can trust adults to take them seriously, and respond appropriately when concerns or allegations are made. While the process has taken time, I am grateful to the student and family for the trust placed in East, to our staff member who properly reported the allegation, and to the Rochester City Police Department for their assistance and investigation. Based on the police investigation, we have no reason to believe that there was more than one victim involved.
At times like these, it is imperative that we support and protect the privacy of the scholar involved. While we may wish to know more, and may want to speculate on the circumstances, please be sensitive, not only to protect this scholar, but also recognizing that others in our community may be struggling with this news. If you or your child would like help with processing this information, please call (585) 288-3130.
We must also let the legal and district review processes take their courses and not rush to judgment. This is an important value, and foundation of our democracy.”