LONG ISLAND TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL
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January 25, 2019
HEMPSTEAD, Long Island (WABC) --A Long Island elementary school art teacher is under arrest, accused of sexually abusing a young girl. And police fear there may be more victims. Authorities say 51-year-old John Joseph Finnegan, of Island Park, subjected a 10-year-old girl to inappropriate behavior and sexual contact during an after-school program.
The alleged incident happened January 3 at Jackson Annex Elementary School in Hempstead, where Finnegan teaches. The specifics of the case are not clear, but during the course of their investigation, authorities learned of two additional cases involving two more alleged victims who they believe were targeted by Finnegan during after-school programs.
Finnegan, a teacher in the district for 23 years, has been arrested and is charged with sexual abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and ordered held on $20,000 bail. His attorney denied the allegations, calling them "preposterous."