Court sentences high school teacher to 6 month shock incarceration, 10 years supervision for sex engagement with student

Court sentences high school teacher to 6 month shock incarceration, 10 years supervision for sex engagement with student
John Fraioli

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Former New Rochelle High School teacher John Fraioli has been sentenced today, January 26, to six months of shock incarceration with 10 years of sex offender probation for engaging in sexual acts with a student, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced. Fraioli has also been asked to surrender his New York State teaching license, as he would be required to register as a sex offender.

“It is truly disturbing that someone we trusted to protect and care for our children instead did such terrible harm, and the statements from the victim and her mother make clear the extreme and long-lasting impact of this abuse,” DA Rocah said. “Our office will continue to aggressively pursue cases such as this one and to make the well-being of the victim our highest priority.”

According the press release forwarded to Parkchester Times, the Director of Communication, Dan Weiller said that the former teacher of New Rochelle High School pleaded guilty last year October 12 to committing third degree criminal sex act and rape.

“Fraioli pleaded guilty on October 13, 2020 to committing a criminal sex act in the third degree and rape in the third degree, relating to sexual acts with a teenage female student that took place in the school building and at his home in White Plains, respectively. Fraioli was initially arrested by New Rochelle Police in May, 2019,” Weiller said. 

In reaction to the sentencing, Fraioli said, “Even though I logically know I'm not to blame I still spent most days wondering if I could have done something different. I've had so many days, months, almost two years now wasted on unnecessary feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment over something that wasn't my fault.”

In the victim impact statement, the victim’s mother noted Fraioli was a complete opposite of a true teacher.

“Teachers are meant to support, encourage and empower students. However, You (Fraioli) did the opposite… You stripped her of hope. You took full advantage of her vulnerability. You manipulated her. You used her. You preyed upon her…. My only hope is that in time she will be able to overcome the abuse you inflicted.  My biggest fear is that she may not.”

In the press release, the Director of Communication further noted that “Sex offender probation involves a rigorous term of 10 years of supervision by the County Department of Probation sex offense unit, with a strict set of guidelines that include among other things, mandatory participation in treatment, restrictions on daily living, travel, use of computers, employment and living conditions, regular submission to polygraph tests to monitor compliance and historical offending behavior, and regular supervision by the court to ensure compliance.

“It is also revocable at any indication of non-compliance. An individual on sex offender probation is not permitted to congregate with children under the age of 18 or to be present in places where they congregate.”

“Fraioli is due back in court on May 11 for a hearing to determine his sex offender risk level,” Weiller concluded.