January 11, 2012

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Washingtonville principal pleads guilty


NEW WINDSOR – Washingtonville High School Principal Michael Rossi of New Windsor, Monday evening pled guilty to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

The plea in New Windsor Town Court dealt with charges lodged against him in October 2010 alleging that he had inappropriate conduct with a 16-year-old male student, New Windsor Police said at the time of his arrest.

Sullivan County District Attorney James Farrell’s office was asked to handle the high profile Orange County case.  He said the plea will bring with it a conditional discharge and other conditions.

Rossi must undergo counseling and surrender his teaching license. A lifetime order of protection will also be issued against him toward the youth.

The case also extended into the Town of Cornwall where Rossi was alleged to have engaged in sexual abuse and forcible touching the same month, police had said.

Rossi was placed on administrative leave after his arrest.

At the time of his arrest, police said they knew of one case of physical contact, but there had been texting by Rossi.  He was charged then with endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated harassment, forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree.


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