***TALK OF THE SOUND EXCLUSIVE***
Marisa L. Anton, 34, a female librarian at New Rochelle high school, was arrested Wednesday by New Rochelle Police after going to meet a 16-year old male youth for what she believed would be a sexual encounter. Anton did not report to work today at the high school, sources say. The boy, a student at the school, had complained to his parents that Anton had made inappropriate remarks that made the boy uncomfortable. The parents called the police. The police set up a sting: they had the boy call Anton and arrange a meeting. When Anton showed up for the meeting she was arrested. The initial tip came from long-time Talk of the Sound source and school district insider known only as "Deep Throat".
New Rochelle Police Captain Joseph P. Schaller said the victim came to police headquarters on Sunday, May 27th to report that for the past several months Anton had engaged in explicit sexual conduct. The boy complained that Anton was flirting in emails and text messages.
Schaller said a police investigation confirmed the student's report, and police detectives apprehended Anton when she appeared at the student's residence allegedly to have a sexual encounter
"She invited him to engage in sexual contact," said Schaller. "She was brought in for questioning and taken into custody".
"No sexual contact occurred," added Schaller.
NEW ROCHELLE POLICE STATEMENT: Yesterday afternoon, New Rochelle Police Detectives arrested Marisa Anton, age 33 of34 Winchester Avenue, Yonkers, New York, a Librarian at New Rochelle High School charging her with Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the First Degree, a Class D Felony.
On May 27, a sixteen year male student at New Rochelle High School appeared at Police Headquarters and reported that for the past several months Ms. Anton had been sending him e-mails and other computer data communications of explicitly sexual content in an effort to invite him to engage in sexual conduct with her. Police investigation into the matter confirmed the student's report and Police Detectives apprehended Ms. Anton when she appeared at the student's residence in an apparent attempt to accomplish a sexual encounter.
Criminal ID Photo of Marisa Anton following her arrest Wednesday:
STATEMENT BY RICHARD ORGANISCIAK SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS. CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF NEW ROCHELLE: Ms. Marisa Anton, a librarian at New Rochelle High School, has been employed by the district since September 1, 2008. Ms. Anton had no prior criminal record and passed all background checks in compliance with New York State law. She has been suspended from her assignment until further notice.
As with all matters concerning our students, we take these allegations very seriously and are deeply concerned about the nature of the charges that have been made against one of our employees. The district will, of course, continue to give full cooperation to law enforcement authorities.
UPDATE 2:00 p.m. New Rochelle High School Principal Don Conetta delivered a robocall (after the jump) with a similar message to parents at New Rochelle High School. In addition, students were offered access to counselors for those students who are distraught over the news of the arrest of Anton.
STATEMENT BY NEW ROCHELLE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DON CONETTA
As you may have learned through news reports earlier today, the New Rochelle Police Department has arrested one of our librarians, Marissa Anton. She has been charged with a D felony involving a minor. The allegations involve a male student here at New Rochelle High School.
Ms. Anton has been suspended from her assignment until further notice. As with all matters concerning our students, these allegations are taken very seriously. We are deeply concerned about the nature of the charges that have been made against her. The high school staff, in conjunction with district administration will, of course, give full cooperation to law enforcement authorities.
If your child is concerned or distraught about this situation, please be assured that as always, counselors, teachers and administrators are readily available to support them.
On the New Rochelle High School Faculty & Staff Staff Directory, Marisa Anton is listed as the Site Administrator and Librarian at New Rochelle High School. Her biography lists here education as follows:
M.S. Instructional Technology - NYIT
M.L.S. School Library Media - Queens College
M.S. Urban & Multicultural Education - College of Mt. St. Vincent
B.S. Technology Systems - Pace University
Last week, Talk of the Sound broke the news that Patrick Clark, an electrician working for the New Rochelle Board of Education was arrested in an internet sting set up by the Westchester County District Attorney's office. Clark was in City Hall yesterday, sources say, meeting with Reza Kholifar, Assistant to the Superintendent for Human Resources. Clark is due in White Plains City Court today.
Anton is the fifth school district employee arrested since 2009. Clark was arrested in 2012. Jose Martinez was arrested in 2011 on charges related to repeatedly raping a student at Isaac E. Young Middle School. Dianna Wessel was arrested in 2010 after refusing to take a breathalyzer and drug test after crashing her vehicle into three parked vehicles and then flipping her own vehicle. Vito Costa was arrested in 2009 in charges related to working a no-show job in the Buildings & Grounds department.
Anton is just the latest in a series of district employees alleged to have engaged in various sex crimes involving students and district employees: Clark went to meet a "15-year old girl" to have sex that was actually a criminal investigator for the DA, Anthony Newman (Glazier, Buildings & Grounds Department) sexually assaulted a district employee in City Hall. Donna Henry (Security Guard) transmitted a nude image of a 14-year old girl to two other district employees (her son and her daughter-in-law). Suspended for 30 days with pay, hearing, given a pay increase and relocated to New Rochelle High School.
Several school employees were referred by the New Rochelle Board of Education to the Westchester County District Attorney Sex Crimes unit. Leroy Manuel (Security Guard) engaged in a sexual relationship with a student, as a result of which she became pregnant, moved to Florida and had the baby, sources say. Robert McLean (Security Guard) engaged in sex with students. Kyle Figueroa (Security Guard) engaged in sex with students. After the Jose Martinez arrest, Figueroa was caught on camera receiving oral sex from a student in area of Room 105/106. Walter Hubbard (Janitor) was terminated after being caught multiple times viewing pornography on school district computers. Also, engaged in sex with students.
Jerome Planter (Security Guard) and Geeta Singh (Security Guard) submitted falsified residency records to New Rochelle Civil Service Commission to obtain a position with New Rochelle residency requirement.
Frank DeMasi (Carpenter/Buildings & Grounds) misappropriated school equipment, converting school van and tools for personal use. Kareem Ali (Finance/Special Education) sexually harassed a senior official in the finance department; prohibited from having direct contact with the woman and not allowed to walk past a certain point in the hallway on the second floor. Ali resurfaced again when the New Rochelle Public Library discovered $300,000 unaccounted for in 2011. He has since been reassigned to Special Education department. Danielle Carter (Security Guard ) caught stealing at ShopRite grocery store on Palmer Avenue while wearing her City School District of New Rochelle security uniform. Rasool Hassan Williams (Buildings & Grounds) murdered a man in Ohio. Williams was a repeat offender for many years, drug use, drug possession. Arrested while employed by the district. Arrested for murder in Ohio three weeks after leaving employment of New Rochelle school district, convicted, sentenced to life in prison. Len Ricci (Buildings & Grounds) hired despite felony drug arrest. Phil Carino (Janitor) hung stuffed monkey on a noose, district settled lawsuit for racist behavior. Freddie Smith (Assistant Superintendent of Schools) numerous allegations of plagiarism, Doctorate revoked by University of Virginia, Fired at his next two jobs as these issues became known. Martin Freiman (Janitor): Suspended for making racist statements to children and staff at Jefferson Elementary School, long history of similar incidents. Jimmy Bonanno, Sr. (Buildings & Grounds) misappropriated school equipment and staff; directed school district employees to perform work on his girlfriend's house in Orange County.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was a breaking news story this morning and updated between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. The updates have either been incorporated into the final article or were replaced due to information contained in the official statements released later in the morning.
MEDIA COVERAGE BASED ON OUR INITIAL REPORT:
Wall Street Journal/Associated Press: Police say NY librarian sent boy explicit material
Will David was there when Anton was arraigned in New Rochelle City Court. He reports that Judge Anthony Carbone set bail or bond at $5,000. From David's report we also learned Anton's attorney is Michele Marianna Bonsignore from Scarsdale, NY; Assistant District Attorney Christopher Daniele revealed new information that Anton brought condoms with her to the student's home on Wednesday. David described Anton as "a blonde dressed in a cream-colored skirt with a cream and black sleeveless blouse", that her parents were in court and that she would move in with her parents. Anton accepted a temporary order of protection which bars her from any contact with the student. Anton is due back in court on June 7th. Read his entire report here.
Lou Young went to Anton's apartment in Yonkers and knocked on the door. No one answered. Young also interviewed students at New Rochelle High School and got several quotes:
"She’s a very professional librarian. I would never have thought this would’ve happened — ever.”
"I think it’s funny but very inappropriate. You just see her every day and you wouldn’t think something like this would happen in our school.”
“It’s a serious thing. It’s not something that should be laughed at or anything like that."
Read the entire article here.
News12 was the only media outlet besides Talk of the Sound that made the connection to two previous arrests of New Rochelle Board of Education employees -- Patrick Clark last week and Jose Martinez last year.
Connecticut Post: Police say NY librarian sent boy explicit material
Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin: Police say NY librarian sent boy explicit material