Washingtonville Principal Enters Guilty Plea in CourtJan 11th, 2012 | By Jay Long | Category: Lead Article
Washingtonville High School Principal Michael Rossi of New Windsor, pled guilty Monday night in New Windsor court to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
The charges against Rossi came in October 2010 after it was alleged that he conducted himself in an inapproporiate way with a 16 year old male student.
Police have said that the case extends to neighboring Town of Cornwall where it also alleged that Rossi engaged in sexual abuse and forcible touching during that same time period.
Police knew of one case of physical contact, but said that Rossi had also been texting. At the time of his arrest he was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, forcible touching, sexual abuse in the third degree and aggravated harassment.
Rossi was placed on administrative leave after his arrest.
The highly anticipated case was handled by James Farrell’s Sullivan County District Attorneys office. Farrell said the guilty plea will include a conditional discharge as well as other conditions.
A lifetime order of protection will be issued against Rossi toward the youth, he must undergo counseling and surrender his teaching license.