A third grade teacher was arraigned this week for allegedly molesting an 8-year old student at an elementary school in Harlem, according to officials. The girl is telling police that 29-year old Raphael Sosa kissed her on the lips while putting his fingers into her private parts, according to law enforcement.
Prosecutors are alleging that the abuse occurred over a six-month period and ended last week inside a PS 208 classroom. Prosecutors say that Sosa groomed the girl’s entire family, became friends with her mother and bought an iPad, Nintendo game and sneakers for the girl. He also bought items for the girl’s older brothers.
Sosa is married and the father of a 5-year old. He pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of s****l conduct against a child and s****l abuse. He is also being charged with a misdemeanor count of acting in a manner to injure a child under 17. He is being held on $75,000 bail.
“The defendant instructed the child to log in to the defendant’s Gmail account and send him emails stating in substance: I LOVE YOU, I MISS YOU. MY HEART BELONGS TO YOU,” the complaint states.
Sosa’s defense attorney, Virginia LoPreta says that Sosa is going to defend himself vigorously and that the evidence was circumstantial.
“I did not hear any corroboration of anything other than a relationship” – with the family, she said.
School officials say that Sosa has never been charged with misconduct in the past.