According to the New York Post, a former teacher has been arrested for sexually abusing at least four students while employed at KIPP Academy Middle School located at 250 E 156th St, Bronx, NY 10451.
On Saturday, August 9, 2021, 48-year old Jesus Concepcion was arrested after being accused of sexually abusing four students. The former middle school music teacher is, also known as "Mr. C," was also an orchestra instructor at the charter school. Concepcion allegedly began singling out his victims, showering them with gifts that included money, jewelry, and clothing. The abuse was said to have occurred from 2002 until 2007. One victim was only 12 years old when the abuse began. He would often abuse the girls in the music room but was known to lure them into his car to perform sex acts or take them to different locations, including hotels, for sex. At least two of his victims continued to be abused by him as they entered high school.
The abuse was reported four years ago to the school, but authorities were not informed until recently. Concepcion taught at the middle school from 2000 through 2007, before he was fired for "misconduct with a student." However, the school's parents were just informed of his misconduct on Monday. Concepcion has been charged with four counts each of enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and transporting a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. Additionally, he is accused of enticing one of his victims into sending him naked photographs of herself using a cellphone that he gave her.
This is not the first time a KIPP Academy teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a student; read more here:
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville fights for the justice of victims sexually abused by a teacher or coach. During an interview, Laurence explained when a victim could sue a charter school if sexually assaulted by a teacher.
"Too often, sexual predators seek out positions with direct access to children, including teachers, coaches, and other educational professionals. They use these positions to gain the trust of children, allowing them to exploit them. It is crucial that school officials do everything they can to ensure their staff is trustworthy in order to keep students safe from these sexual predators on the school campus. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as we have seen widespread reports of teachers and coaches sexually abusing students across the country."
"When a student is sexually abused on campus or by a school employee, it is necessary to determine if the school officials could have done more to prevent the abuse. Schools are legally responsible for the wellbeing of their children; this includes maintaining a level of security to reduce the risk of dangers. Many times abuse only happens as a result of school negligence. This may be due to the school failing to run background checks or ignoring past misconduct complaints. The school campus should be equipped with a sufficient amount of working security monitoring cameras and easy reporting systems. Still, if they fail to provide these preventative measures, they can be considered negligent. In neglect cases, school sex abuse victims and their families may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a negligent school or district. Victims can discover more about their legal rights by discussing their case with an experienced sex abuse victim attorney."