A former Catholic school teacher from Queens is accused of sexually abusing a teenage student, impregnating her and forcing her to have two abortions, according to The Daily Mail.
The female student, now 43, told authorities in 2014 that her biology teacher Rodney Alejandro raped her multiple times when she was 15 years old, the report states. She was a student and he a teacher at the St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens in 1988, according to the report.
The unnamed women accused Alejandro of forcing her to have two abortions: first, in the summer of 1988 and, second, in January of 1989, according to the report. Alejandro reportedly resigned quietly and later went on to work at other schools up until 2012.
Here is more from the report:
The girl reported the case to investigators in 2014 when the school was the subject of a $17million lawsuit alleging sexual and physical abuse against teachers at the school in 2013. Her case was dismissed.
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The victim, who said wrote a blog about the abuse she suffered, said it made her ‘suicidal’, but she was told too much time had passed since it happened and she could not launch a lawsuit.
… [After the two abortions] She then became so depressed that the following years she failed her exams and dropped out of the prestigious school, which counts Yankees manager Joe Torre in its alumni.
According to the report, Alejandro was fired a school in 2010 after his state license expired and then asked to resign from another school in 2012 after he failed to tell them he had been fired from his previous job.
These accusations draw attention to the alarming number of abortions that are coerced or forced, especially in states like New York where there are no parental consent laws. Studies have found that at least half of women reported being pressured to have an abortion by a partner, parent or other significant person in their lives.
Parental consent laws can help protect young girls from sexual abusers who often use abortion to cover up their crimes. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 38 states require some type of parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion – but New York is not one of them.
Abortion facilities are sometimes complicit in these situations. Several times, Planned Parenthood facilities have been caught covering up or failing to report the sexual abuse and abortions of minors. In Ohio, Planned Parenthood faced a lawsuit after it failed to report the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. The young girl’s soccer coach got her pregnant and then took her to the abortion clinic to cover up his crime, LifeNews reported.
Polls also show strong support for parental consent and notification laws that require a parent be involved in a minor’s decision to have an abortion. A Gallup poll found 71 percent of Americans favor such laws.