«Beloved» elementary school teacher accused of raping 10-year-old girl and other students

The teacher, 51-year-old John Joseph Finnegan, Jr., accused of raping several girls in high school on long island (Nassau County, new York).

Police arrested Finnegan January 3 — the same day when he allegedly raped a 10-year-old student. The incident occurred during an elective at Jackson Annex Elementary School in Hempstead (new York). The other two girls in the class witnessed the incident.

Particular circumstances of the case are not clear, but during the investigation it became known about two more alleged victims who, in their opinion, has been the object of harassment by Finnegan when they remained on additional employment after lessons.

Finnegan, who worked as a teacher for 23 years, was charged with sexual assault in the first degree and three paragraphs of threats to the health of the child.

#Hempstead art teacher, John Finnegan Jr., is accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl during an after school program. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. I have the full story on @FiOS1News_LI #FiOS1News #LongIsland pic.twitter.com/JRCGBF6tGB

— Claire Kerr (@ClaireKerrNews) January 25, 2019

The court has appointed Finnegan’s bail at $20 million, His lawyer was Given Grossblatt said that her client is innocent, calling it a «favorite» teacher in the district for over two decades. She denied all charges, calling them «ridiculous».

School district January 9, informed the parents about the incident. Some of them were indignant that this happened only after 5 days.

«As soon as we have any evidence that what is happening could be criminal in nature, the authorities were informed,» said the district chief Regina Armstrong.

Detectives are asking for anyone who believes that their child could become a victim of Finnegan, or who may have information about the incidents to contact the Special Victims Squad at phone number: (516) 573-4022 or Crime Stoppers at the number 1-800-244-TIPS. A message can be left anonymously.