Bronx Assistant Principal Accused Of Groping 2 Female Students

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An assistant principal at a Bronx grade school was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging he groped two students.

Joseph Ponzo, an assistant principal at PS 106 since 2008, faces sex abuse and other charges, police said.

Sources told 1010 WINS, Ponzo is accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl  over their clothing. It allegedly happened in the hallway of the school.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Gets Reaction From Parents

The name of Ponzo’s attorney was not immediately available. The Bronx District Attorney’s office declined comment.

Reporter Al Jones, of 1010 WINS, talked to parents who said the charges just don’t add up to the man they dealt with on a daily basis.

Jeff McIntyre, who has two children at the school, was quite surprised to hear about the charges.

“My son is about to graduate from this school as well as my daughter. I would have trusted him implacably,” he said.

Ponzo’s was the latest in a spate of cases this year involving Board of Education employees accused of sexually abusing minors.

They include an aide at a school in Brooklyn accused of recording himself sexually assaulting students at the elementary school, staff members at schools in Manhattan and Queens accused of fondling young boys, and a substitute teacher at a Bronx high school accused of twisting a student’s nipples.

The Board of Education said in a statement Tuesday, “We take these cases very seriously.” The board declined further comment.

Ponzo, 59, was first hired as a substitute teacher in 1996. He makes $117,739 a year in his current job.

Do you think the Department of Education is suffering from an abuse epidemic?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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  1. Adam says:

    Jason,
    I think you need to check your facts. That is a 12 month position, and the hours are anything but 8-3. Most administrators start they day at 7 and work untill 5 or 6pm if not later. They work requires them to work at home. They earn every penny they make

  2. Adam says:

    Jason,
    I think you need to check your facts. That is a 12 month position, ans the hours are anything nut 8-3. Most administrators start they day at 7 and work untill 5 or 6pm if not later. They work requires them to work at home. They earn every penny they make.

  3. mj says:

    i’m not specifically talking about this case but ALL these allegatons can not be true. think about it … he touched them inappropriately IN THE HALLWAY ?. i know parents that have their kids so paraniod that if someone taps them on the shoulder they claim innapropriate touching. my friends that are teachers won’t even pat a kid on the shoulder and say good job anymore.

  4. Jason says:

    Not to mention the salaries are much too inflated for a 9 month job?
    What does a principal make 200k?

    1. mj says:

      ever notice that the vst majority of people that complain about teachers salaries and hours WEREN’T good students

  5. Mac says:

    What is the criteria they use to hire these buffoons? This is what the Unions should be doing. Cleaning up their ranks. Possibly even making a moral code. Unbelievable.

    1. cheryl says:

      To call the man a buffoon before he has been convicted is ridiculous. So many unanswered questions here. I wouldn’t begin to pass judgement until I hear the evidence from both sides. Who were these girls — do they have a history of being a problem in the school ? In the hallway — was it crowded and the assistant brushed against them accidentally? Were there witnesses? What was the nature of the touch — straight on or a brush from the side of the hand? And on and on. So many things we don’t know from the brief info given. if this man is by chance innocent, what a terrible ordeal to go through.

      1. Mac says:

        Yea, maybe your right. But going by your logic, most news that we hear today would have happened 2 months before it is actually reported.

        I’m just making a reasoned judgement based on the rise in sexual abuse/improper behavior we have been hearing lately. I’m just a citizen like you. Not a prosecutor.

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