N.Y. Teacher To Avoid Prison In Student Rape

4:27 PM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
John M. Azabache, 31, of Port Chester, N.Y., appeared briefly Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Ossining Town Court to address rape charges.(Photo: Ricky Flores, The Westchester County, N.Y., Journal News)
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Erik Shilling, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News    

OSSINING, N.Y. -- A former high school math teacher is expected to be spared prison time at his sentencing Thursday, nearly five months after, on the day of his wedding, he was arrested and accused of raping a 16-year-old girl twice between March and July.

In September, John Azabache admitted to the charge in Westchester County Court in White Plains, sparing him the prospect of several years in prison.

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The disgraced ex-teacher pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, a felony, under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

His lawyer said then that the plea was a selfless act committed by a stand-up guy.

"He chose to take full responsibility," his lawyer, Tony Castro, said. "He's not a bad guy. He's apologized to the people who were affected by this incident. He just doesn't want to draw this out. He didn't want to put anyone through the heartache of going through a trial."

Azabache, 31, was charged with two counts of third-degree rape, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

The girl, a student at the high school, could not legally consent because she was under 17. Her parents reported the allegations to police July 10, prompting an investigation that led to the teacher's arrest July 12, the day he was supposed to marry a 23-year-old White Plains woman.

In September, he admitted to one instance of statutory rape. He has been ordered to stay away from the student and his not-to-be bride. He's also been barred from school grounds.

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