Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino announced Oct. 13 that former John Jay High School and New Rochelle High School teacher, John Fraioli, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child victim on more than one occasion during 2019. He also pleaded guilty to one count of rape involving the same victim.
The victim was a student at New Rochelle High School where Mr. Fraioli was teaching at the time, the D.A.’s office said in its announcement.
According to prior published reports and several former JJHS students, Mr. Fraioli was employed at John Jay only for the 2015-16 school year. He was hired as a social studies teacher at New Rochelle High School in August 2016.
On Oct. 29, 2019, Mr. Fraioli was arraigned on the charge of criminal sexual act in the third degree for engaging in a sexual act with a student in the school building and during school hours.
On Nov. 21, 2019, Mr. Scarpino’s office announced that Mr. Fraioli was arraigned on new charges after an investigation found he continued sexual relations with the same student in his White Plains residence on five occasions during the period of June through October 2019. He was charged with five counts of rape in the third degree and five counts of criminal sexual act in the third degree.
According to the DA’s recent announcement, Mr. Fraioli admitted under oath that he committed criminal sexual act in the third degree on the New Rochelle charge, and one count of rape in the third degree on the White Plains charge. Both of which are class E felonies.
Mr. Fraioli appeared before Westchester County Court Judge Susan Cacace on Oct. 13, and under the terms of the plea, was sentenced to 10 years sex offender probation with shock probation, which means he will spend 6 months in county jail followed by 9.5 years sex offender probation, according to the D.A.’s office.
Mr. Fraioli must surrender his New York state teaching license and register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled to begin Jan. 21, 2021.