AUBURN – Auburn Public School District superintendent Dr. Maryellen Brunelle sent the following letter to families in the district to announce the arrest of former Auburn Schools music teacher Stephen Jaszek:
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share this disturbing news with you, our partners in education.
Earlier today, Mr. Steve Jaszek, longtime music educator in the Auburn Public Schools who retired in 2014, was arrested by the Auburn Police, having been indicted by a Superior Court Grand Jury. As shared by the Auburn Police, he is expected to be arraigned tomorrow on four counts of statutory rape of a child and one count of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. According to the police, the victim in these assaults was then a student at the Julia Bancroft School and it is alleged that these profoundly disturbing acts took place during the school day approximately 9 years ago.
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.
Now being handled through the courts and the police, the District will not have any further updates to provide on this matter. Please know, however, that your continued interest in and support of the Auburn Public Schools is greatly valued, with us committing to continually earn that support through open communication, collaboration and full transparency with you, our partners in education.
Yours in education,
Dr. Maryellen Brunelle, Superintendent of Schools”