A parent from Jefferson wrote the following email which I have reprinted here with permission:
I am writing you this correspondence in support of your efforts and actions covering the Martinez case. I am one of the concerned Jefferson parents. My son is in kindergarten and I have had numerous interactions with Mr. Martinez during the past year. Like many of the Jefferson and Isaac Young parents, I trusted him, and am now shocked at the allegations, particularly because I am the father of a young boy. I am also a lifelong product of New Rochelle schools - starting at Mayflower, then Albert Leonard, and then the High School, and I returned to New Rochelle with my family so that my son could go to New Rochelle schools, so this incident is particularly disturbing.
A Grand Jury convened by the Westchester District Attorney in White Plains, NY has indicted two New Rochelle High School students for Attempted Armed Robbery - 2nd Degree. According to New Rochelle Police, the pair, Jermaine McCleod, 19, and Rashad Simpson,17 are alleged to have confronted a student in the hallways student at New Rochelle High School, indicated they had a weapon and demanded the students wallet. When the student refused and attempted to walk away, Simpson moved to block the way of the student, preventing him from leaving. The incident ended when a school district employee happened upon the scene.
The incident occurred on February 9th, just a day after McCleod had been caught stealing money from a cash register at the school cafeteria. McCleod and Simpson are well-known to police and prosecutors.Read more
Bob Marrone of WVOX has provided Talk of the Sound with audio recording of the New Rochelle Police Press Conference on Arrest of Jose Martinez Friday March 24, 2011
New Rochelle Police Department Press Conference (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT)
March 25, 2011
Arrest of Jose Martinez, 38, former Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School and recently promoted Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary School, both in New Rochelle, NY.
Deputy Commissioner Anthony Murphy: Wednesday March 23 we received a formal complaint that a New Rochelle school district administrator was having a relationship with a 14 year-old. The matter was investigated and last evening detectives arrested Jose Martinez, age 38, of 205 Elliot Street, Brentwood, NYRead more
In his most recent F.U.S.E. Newsletter, F.U.S.E. Union President Martin Daly comments on the arrest Friday of Jose Martinez. Daly works at the Isaac E. Young Middle School where Martinez was employed as Dean for the previous four years.Read more
Michael Galland, Math and Technology Chair at Isaac E. Young Middle School made a series of phone calls to school staff on Sunday afternoon requesting they report to the school building by 8:00 a.m. Monday morning for a meeting scheduled to begin at 8:10 a.m. with Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Principal Anthony Bongo.
The topic will likely be the arrest Friday of Jose Martinez, former Administrative Dean at Isaac. E. Young Middle School and most recently Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary School. Martinez was arrested on charges of Sexual Molestation -- 2nd Degree.
Click to hear Voice Mail Message.
UPDATE: word coming of other similar meetings including at Jefferson tomorrow. If you are at any of these meetings and have a smart phone with a recorder please try to capture the audio from the meeting and send it along.Read more
Anthony Bongo, Principal of Isaac E. Young Middle School, has built up one of the most impressive resumes in the City School District of New Rochelle, if by "impressive" you mean the most incompetent. Mr. Bongo is a man not fit to run a Burger King yet he runs one of the largest schools in New Rochelle thanks in large part to the "charity" of his father Anthony Bongo, Sr. of PAB Construction whose "charitable giving" to the New Rochelle Fund for Excellence and various government officials throughout New Rochelle is so widely "appreciated" by the powers that be that his unqualified son was given the position of Assistant Principal at Isaac E. Young Middle school where he was later promoted to the Principalship.Read more
Dear Sara, Chrisanne, et al.
This is an Open Letter to the New Rochelle Board of Education.
According to the charges files against your former employee, a child was repeatedly sodomized by a man you recently promoted despite two years of complaints about his conduct at his previous school. The silence has been deafening.Read more
The New Rochelle Police Department will hold a news conference today regarding the arrest of Jose Martinez, Assistant Principal of Jefferson School. Press conference to be held at 11 a.m. Talk of the Sound first reported Martinez had abruptly resigned last Friday.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rather than run a series of stories we are consolidating reporting on this article throughout the weekend, adding updates to the original article. If you have additional information you may add a comment to the post or contact Talk of the Sound ([email protected]).
Bob Marrone will be calling into Talk of the Sound Radio show after the press conference with a full report. Tune in to the show at 11:08 a.m. for more.
UPDATE: Friday March 25 2:30 PM New Rochelle Police Press Conference. Former Assistant Principal Jose Martinez,38, was arrested and charged with Sexual Molestation-2nd Degree, accused of oral sex and sexual contact with a 14-year old student at Isaac Young Middle School up until June 2010. As first reported on Talk of the Sound last week, Martinez abruptly resigned his position as Assistant Principal of Jefferson Elementary School, a position to which he was promoted over the summer. He began serving as the Jefferson AP last September.
Martinez is in custody of the New Rochelle Police Department and will be arraigned this afternoon at New Rochelle City Court. Martinez was arrested at his home in Brentwood, NY in Long Island. Police said Martinez expressed "shock" at his arrest.Read more