Former Auburn music teacher charged with child rape

by | Aug 22, 2018

A former Auburn music teacher has been arrested on charges of  indecent assault and battery and rape of a child. According to a statement from the Auburn Police, on Wednesday APD Detectives assisted by South Hadley Detectives and Patrol Officers as well as Troopers assigned to the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) arrested Stephen Jaszek, 62, of South Hadley on an arrest warrant issued by the Worcester Superior Court for four counts of Rape of a Child and one count of Aggravated Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14.

Mr. Jaszek is a retired music teacher with the Auburn School District andthe crimes are alleged to have been committed nine years ago and to have occurred during school hours, according to a statement from the Auburn Public Schools. Jaszek is currently being held without bail for an arraignment at Worcester Superior Court tomorrow morning.

In a statement delivered to Auburn families and residents via e-mail and social media, Auburn School Superintendent Dr. Maryellen Brunelle wrote, “Immediately upon learning of this investigation, the District has, and will continue to, fully cooperate with the Auburn Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office.

“As a District, we stand in full support of this victim who is now a former student, along with this individual’s family, thankful that this child had the courage to report to the Auburn Police these most inappropriate acts.  We remain hopeful that, through the support of family, friends, the entire school and greater Auburn community, this young individual continues to find the strength to live a long, happy and healthy life.

I ask that you respect the privacy of this former student.  While social media plays a large role in our daily lives, it is imperative that we afford this victim the utmost care and respect regarding this most sensitive matter.

Please know that the alleged reprehensible acts of this individual do not in any way characterize the Auburn Public Schools or what we stand for, some of those qualities being respect, integrity and high expectations, all done in partnership with our students’ families and the entire Auburn community.”

No further information about the case was available from law enforcement or school officials. A press briefing is scheduled for Thursday at 12:30pm after Jaszek’s appearance in Worcester Superior Court.