HOUSTON – School is supposed to be a place of learning. Unfortunately, the Sharpstown High School principal is learning a very hard lesson.
Rob Gasparello is charged with three counts of failing to report child abuse. According to the criminal complaint by the Harris County DA, a 17-year-old male student told Gasparello back in October that he was inappropriately touched by his male spanish teacher.
Texas law requires anyone to report allegations of child abuse within 48 hours. Police say that never happened.
Assistant principals Jason Thomson and Silvio Leiva are also in trouble for staying quiet.
“During the course of that investigation, they also found out there had been other allegations of abuse that had not been reported on previous incidences. One had happened in the spring of last year, and then one had also happened October 19th of this year at Sharpstown High School,” said Jane Waters, Special Victims Bureau Chief for the Harris County DA’s Office.
There are three victims–all claim they were abused by the same Spanish teacher.
Police are looking for Ysodoro Rosales-Motola.
He didn’t show up for work Friday.
Rosales-Motola is charged with two counts of having an improper relationship with a student and one count of indecency with a child.
“Let’s not convict anyone. In this country, we’re still innocent until proven guilty, and you get a whole set of facts with a lot of data missing,” said Gayle Fallon, President of the Houston Federation of Teachers, “We find that in almost all of these allegations.”
It’s a serious situation at Sharpstown, a school that’s dealt with high drop-out rates, a cheating scandal, and now this.