OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York math teacher was supposed to be getting married on Friday — but instead was charged with raping a 16-year-old female student.
The Journal News reports (http://lohud.us/17bhmfJ ) that Ossining High School teacher John Azabache was arrested after the girl contacted police. She said they had sexual relations twice between March and July, not on school property. It's not clear if she was his student.
The attorney for the 31-year-old teacher says his client was not charged with any forcible compulsion. He says the alleged incident involves a minor who is "just under 17."
Azabache pleaded not guilty to third-degree rape. He was barred from school grounds pending the outcome of the case.
Azabache was supposed to be married to a White Plains woman on Friday.
Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com