Isaac Young Teaching Assistant Nancy Moreno, 48, of 373 Webster Avenue in New Rochelle was arrested by New Rochelle police following an incident at a residence on Lincoln Avenue where she allegedly assaulted a woman with a closet rod.
Moreno was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, a Class D Felony.
The incident on the evening of September 29th began as a dispute over a dog defecating on private property. Moreno was arrested at the scene after a call to New Rochelle police.
Moreno has worked for several years for the New Rochelle Board of Education. She has most recently worked as a Teaching Assistant at Isaac E. Young Middle School and prior to that at Webster Elementary School. Despite the arrest, Moreno has continued to work with children at the Isaac middle school as school official are apparently unaware of Moreno's arrest.
School officials and board members confirmed to Talk of the Sound they were not aware of Moreno's arrest.
In 2011, shortly after the arrest of Jose Martinez, a former Isaac administrator who plead guilty to repeatedly raping a student in his office at the school, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak told parents that they should not be concerned about criminals working in the school district because he received alerts anytime a school employee was arrested. Martinez, according to Organisciak, did not have a prior record.
Asked about this recently, Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone explained the system to Talk of the Sound.
"The District gets arrest reports from Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA) at the NYS Education department whenever an employee whose fingerprints are on file gets arrested," said Petrone. "We are not told what the employee is arrested for and follow up with the employee after the information is made known to us."
Moreno is the seventh school district employee arrested since 2009. During that time, OSPRA has not once reported an arrest that had not already been reported by Talk of the Sound.
In the two most recent cases, the employees arrested failed to disclose to the arresting officer that they were employed by the New Rochelle Board of Education.
Under the New York State SAVE law, school employees must be fingerprinted. Employees hired before the enactment of the SAVE law in 2001 are exempt.
UPDATE: Will David of the Journal News wrote about this incident on Oct. 1st, Argument over dog cleanup leads to assault charge for New Rochelle woman. He fails to mention Moreno works for the New Rochelle Board of Education but does add some details including information about Moreno's daughter and that the mother and daughter pushed their way into the victim's home.