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New Rochelle High School Librarian Arrested in Sex Sting Involving 16-Year Old Student

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New Rochelle High School Librarian Arrested in Sex Sting Involving 16-Year Old Student

May 31, 2012 - 12:48
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***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:

MarisaAntn Mugshots

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

Dear Parents,

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.

Sincerely,

Don Conetta

Principal

Audio of RoboCall from Don Conetta to parents of students at New Rochelle High School (.mp3)

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

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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.

MarisaAnton2Anton 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

Journal News: Marisa Anton, New Rochelle High School librarian, charged after trying to meet teen for sex, cops say

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.

WNBC-TV: New Rochelle Librarian Arrested for Explicit Emails to Student

WCBS-TV: Police Sting Stops New Rochelle H.S. Librarian From Allegedly Trying To Seduce Student

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: Police: New Rochelle librarian busted in sex sting

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.

AOL Patch: New Rochelle High School Librarian Faces Felony Sex Charge

The Loop: New Rochelle High School Librarian Charged in Sex Sting

Fox5 TV: Police say NY librarian sent boy explicit material

Connecticut Post: Police say NY librarian sent boy explicit material

Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin: Police say NY librarian sent boy explicit material

There are 61 Comments

This young man is going to regret this cowardly act all his life. He broke the Gentlemans code of honor.

My story is that a year before Mr Martinez was found out I had a conversation with a security guard about my interaction with Mr Martinez. I said he was very sincere and felt he was willing to help me with a situation. He told me of his conviction of Mr Martinez's sexual preference and that I SHOULD NOT TRUST HIM. Now, whats a parent to do? People have strong feelings about certain peoples life style, I am not one of them. He was working for the school district AND around SO MANY " responsible" adults, surely they would say something if they suspected something, right? Well, if you have a child in the district and something "odd" happens , lets say a teacher does or says something really negative, THEY WILL NOT SAY, YEAH, JACK or whoever has been doing that to kids for 20 years. You will get the , oh he, or she is so professional maybe they had a bad day yadda yadda. Anyway, why would someone warn me about a person?? Other than they all knew?? Thats my point, they know about Martinez and Jack and his video taping the girls.......

gotta love it

New Rochelle a place where the unaccountable thrive, this is all the more reason to step up and insist on following the City Charter.

I probably got your attention because I posted on the sex scandal issue. Would you have look anyway?

The problems of the last few days are unfortunate. However, they are not exclusive to New Rochelle. They are indicative of the society we live in. People are exposed to more things today and at a faster rate. That means the bad people have the same advantages. There have always been bad people and bad things happening throughout history. The growing point is how the issues started in the first place and finally what actions are taken to correct them.

Librarians, windows and soldiers, A lot of communication and posting has been done over the last few days, some good, some bad and some indifferent. All of a sudden the audience grew. Why? The stories involved sex, soldiers and along time business that many people are fond of. The parade issue has been resolved like adults and the cooler heads prevailed and apologized regardless what was said and done. That shows character. Unfortunately it wasn’t until after a long volley of several people posting in anger and without proper knowledge of the circumstances. That is behind us now. People are posting, talking and communicating, I just don’t understand why all of the same people can’t come out with the same vigor to save our city from the main message that I get out of at least the two unsolved issues. Poor management and accountability in our City of New Rochelle staff, City Management, The City Council and The City School Board.

The bigger problem is the amount of time and energy spent posting back and forth about the librarian and then the news of the windows down town. I agree with Warren, To bad people don’t put the same effort into the problems of The City of New Rochelle as they do sex scandals that will slip away in time. They carry similar common themes, No management and No accountability in our City of New Rochelle staff, City Management, The City Council and The City School Board, They are like a dysfunctional family that no one wants anything to do with. However, the dysfunctional families are in charge of the City of New Rochelle and the City School Board. People that is how they thrive. They have a majority vote that keeps them in place. If the City of New Rochelle staff, City Management, City Council and the City School Board worked for a normal business most of them would be fired and out on the streets. They would work under the eyes of a business plan, an ethics code, would be held more accountable for their actions and have a board of directors looking at the profits. Folks, government is a business and the only ones profiting are those in office collecting good salaries and benefits that any person in the private sector would die for. Yes, there are crooks and thieves in the private sector as well.

It is not only the problems you face but the choices, decisions and solutions of the people we entrust with our children, our city and our lives. Wake up New Rochelle, put the same effort and fight in to holding your elected officials, their staff and appointees accountable. Get them on track and insist that they follow the City Charter and get to work or get out of the way because the people want to take back there city.

Bob Mc Caffrey is right. Sex sells, crime does seem to pay. If it is negative, perjorative, points fingers, that'll get your attention.

This sad story and the companion piece on the hat have gone viral.
 
Bad stories well written.
 
Here's a better one and I will wear the damn hat if 20% of you read it and 20% of the readers attend the presentation by Ron Tocci's team on the Armory at 7:30 pm on June 7 at the American Legion Hall.
 
This is a damn good story and could have a happy ending and that depends on you. It is a group of community members who have researched and developed a proposal that speaks to community, not dysfunctional values. It seeks to place cultural, recreational, archival, enterntainment, what we desperately need. I wrote on this yesterday and about 170 of you read it. It is buried somewhere under my name which is correct becauae the TOTS staff responds to what you folks enjoy reading.
 
I am shilling again; not embarassed to do so. I would like to see the first postive step taken to bring us back to where we should be. I especially would like to see my neighbors up North come and see for themselves,
 
Don't compare this event to the recent situations Bob and I mention in our posts. Compare it to what you see coming from City Hall. Ask yourselves what really represents the vox populi, what is not staged, over managed, fill in the gaps yourselves.
 
I am not going away even if the Ms. Antons of the world continue to stay. Hell she is one of many recently. Read the New York Post, there are several others.
 
I am no prude. I make no firm judgments on guilt or innocent, although in her case it seems that it is close to certainty.
 
If you ignore or don't contribute to what Tocci and others are trying to do, you will get the government you deserve and in fact, you are doing the current government here a disservice if you don't attend.
 
This is the most promising City Council in aggregate in my memory. Indeed, even the new members of the School Board are a cut above what I have seen in a number of years. These are tough, tough times and it is comforting to some degree to see that some cream is rising to the top.
 
It is up to you, all of you, and me of course, to support, critique, and add value. I will not stop doing what I can and it continues in a week or so with a posting on the City Charter.
 
If you read and respond in the right way, you will actually get a government you deserve. Otherwise, the weather is pretty close to ours in Mount Vernon and Yonkers. Maybe you would prefer it there.
 
I am waiting to hear from supporters of the Tocci presentation to post their affirmation of inviting people to attend the presentatio. I have not heard one damn word yet from any of you on this. Lock and load!

You people have "LOST IT";
You are suppose to go to work,TO WORK,EARN a living,PAY YOUR bills and plan out your future
You go to work to make MONEY,you DON'T go to work to make friends,hang out,engage your social agenda,or meet minors for sex.If you don't want to do the job,YOU shouldn't HAVE the job, and I don't care how many big letters come after your name,or how many certificates are on your wall at home.
If you want to have fun at work then get used to saying this phrase; "Sir,would you like an apple pie with your HAPPY MEAL." Maybe,you can't even handle that!

I heard a student was suspended or written up for bringing a late pass to class. The pass said please excuse _______ he was with the librarian. They did not think it was funny. I do.

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Written up?

The kid or the parent deserves a medal.

agree it is funny and also reflective of a situation that requires this degree of irony, lampooninig, whatever you call it. Bring the kid back; he was out front with a very plausible responsive to a sad situation. Kind of like a young Steven Colbert looking at something base and making it stand out in the light.

Happy that I got out of new rochelle! This isn't the only school that the staff has been accused of sexual activities with the students. The town is getting worse. Please read about the family court I wrote something on there as well

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