Jackson Annex Elementary School, where a teacher is accused of sexual abuse.
Long Island Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse at After-School Program
An elementary school art teacher in Long Island has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a student and police believe there may be additional victims.
According to the authorities, 51-year-old John Joseph Finnegan sexually abused a 10-year-old girl on January 3 during an after-school program at Jackson Annex Elementary School in Hempstead, where Finnegan is a teacher.
While investigating this case, authorities discovered two more cases involving an additional two alleged victims they believe were targeted by Finnegan for sexual abuse during after-school programs. Specific details of these allegations have been ordered sealed by the judge, but prosecutors say that these two other children witnessed the alleged abuse.
Finnegan has been charged with sexual abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and ordered held on $20,000 bail.
Finnegan taught in the district for 23 years, which is why police are worried there could be additional victims. They have asked anyone who believes that their child may have been victimized and anyone else with related information to contact the Special Victims Squat at (516) 573-4022 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.