The former Westchester high school drama teacher who was forced to resign in shame and register as a sex offender for abusing students is back in the news as the 2018-19 school year starts.
Flyers have sprung up around Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua lambasting the school district and former Horace Greeley High School educator Christopher Schraufnagel, who was assigned the highest degree of sexual offender status earlier this year after admitting to sexually abusing three 15-year-old students.
According to lohud, one of the flyers states “HGHS continues to pay legal counsel to battle and invalidate the child victims of Christopher Schraufnagel — who have yet to have the school recognize any culpability for their abuse.”
Another reportedly reads "HGHS continues to battle and invalidate Schraufnagel's child victims in an attempt to avoid paying them for the cost of their mental health care.”
Last year, Schraufnagel was assigned a Level 3 sex offender status, which means he is a “high risk of repeat offense, and a threat to public safety exists.”
Schraufnagel served as a drama teacher at Horace Greeley from 2003 until his resignation in 2015. He was accused of having sexual contact with three high school students over a four-year span and several others have come forward since.
Criminal allegations against Schraufnagel include acts of oral sex with a 15-year-old student and unspecified sexual contact and conversations with another. He was also accused of asking a student to kiss a group of classmates for a photo slideshow. Several other students came forward with civil lawsuits after the initial claims against the former educator.
Allegations against Schraufnagel came to light in June 2015 and he resigned the following September. Schraufnagel was levied with criminal sex-abuse charged in October that year.
In a statement last year, Schaufnagel apologized to his victims and the Chappaqua community during an appearance in New Castle Town Court, expressing his “continual” remorse for his victims. In his statement, he said, as an adult, he should have known better than to cross the line with students.
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