WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Marisa L. Anton, 34, the female librarian at New Rochelle High School arrested last May in a sting operation by New Rochelle Police, has plead guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child - a class "A" Misdemeanor in front of ASCJ Susan Cacace. As part of the plea she will serve 3 years probation with sex offender conditions and surrender her teaching license. She is expected to be sentenced on February 26th.
"Based on all the facts and circumstances of the case this was a fair resolution", said Lucian Chalfen, spokesperson for Westchester County District Attorney Janet DeFiore.
Anton of 34 Winchester Avenue, Yonkers, New York, was arrested on May 30th by New Rochelle Police after going to meet a 16-year old male youth for what she believed would be a sexual encounter. She was initially charged with Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the First Degree, a Class D Felony. The charges were related to emails and text messages sent by Anton to the victim including nude images of her body parts.
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.
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.
The sting was set up after the sixteen year male student at New Rochelle High School reported that for 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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Video clip above from court appearance in June 7, 2012.
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