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Ex-assistant principal of Brooklyn high school accused of rape

NEW YORK — A former assistant principal of a Brooklyn high school has been accused of raping a former student after threatening to report her to immigration authorities.

A report released Wednesday by the office that investigates misconduct at New York City schools also says a former employee of an after-school program at the same school forced another student to perform oral sex on him.

The report alleges incidents of sexual abuse at Progress High School for Professional Careers starting in 2009.

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It follows an earlier inquiry by the same office accusing William Abreu, a former assistant principal at the school, of making inappropriate sexual remarks and propositioning a 15-year-old student.

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According to the report, Abreu hired a 17-year-old graduate of the school to perform clerical work in 2009.

The report says Abreu knew the girl lacked documents to live and work in the United States legally. It says he raped her and abused her sexually during the month she worked for him.

The report also accuses Juan Martinez, an employee of an after-school program at the school, of forcing a 16-year-old student to perform oral sex on him in 2011.

Abreu has been suspended without pay since 2012, and the city Department of Education is seeking to fire him.

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Martinez has been declared ineligible to work for the department.

Associated Press