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Friday, January 8, 2010

Richard Condon "Knew" About Principal Cedeno's Misconduct With Boys Yet Did Not Remove Him

Aha!! In my previous article I asked what happened to Principals and APs when the school they were working in was closed and they were excessed, and now we know what happens to administrators who have crossed the line...NOTHING.Evidently Richard Condon and his office (Special Commissioner of Investigation) had been contacted by people at Cedeno's school many months earlier - maybe up to a year earlier - than the date of the NY Daily News article re-posted below, about Cedeno's attacks on the boys in his school, but SCI did nothing about the reports. Anyone still believe that Condon does a good job out there??

Principal axed in perv scandal: Quintin Cedeno allegedly fondled boys at Queens HS
BY Clare Trapasso and Meredith Kolodner, NY DAILY NEWS, January 7th 2010,

Quintin Cedeno, principal at High School of Construction, Trades, Engineering and Architecture, was fired after allegedly fondling and soliciting sex from boys.

The principal of a popular Queens high school was fired Wednesday after he was accused of fondling and soliciting oral sex from several of his students.

Quintin Cedeno was yanked from the High School of Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture after the disturbing allegations emerged.

A guidance counselor told investigators that a 15-year-old student accused Cedeno, 33, of asking him for oral sex.

In text messages, the principal allegedly propositioned the teen and reminded him that he'd bought him a T-Mobile Sidekick cell phone.

The student's mother told investigators that Cedeno sent more than 100 text messages to her son, including one that said, "All I did for you and you don't want to do for me. You've had a very easy ride so far. If everything stops then it all stops."

Several other students then told officials from the office of the special commissioner of investigation that Cedeno touched their private parts.

One 16-year-old student allegedly told Cedeno that he saw him as a father figure and asked the principal why he hit his genitals. Cedeno told the boy he was joking, the student told investigators.

Another student said Cedeno, who began his career as a math teacher in 2003, offered to buy him "anything" if he let Cedeno perform oral sex on him.

The fired principal told investigators he never offered to buy students gifts nor did he ask students for sex. He said any reference to his genitals was done in jest.

Cedeno, who was making $140,074, said he never called students after 9 p.m. He had no explanation when investigators showed him records of 37 calls to one student from September through November 2008, including one at 9:41 p.m. that lasted 82 minutes. He also allegedly sent the student 126 text messages.

Efforts to reach Cedeno by phone and e-mail were unsuccessful. He told his union he did not want to speak to the press.

The allegations have been referred to the Queens district attorney.

Students at the school were in shock about the allegations against Cedeno, who was also the school's assistant basketball coach.

"He was a good principal. He was just trying to get everyone on the track to graduate," said Tavone Johnson, 18, a senior at the school. "He held the school together."

"I don't believe any of that," said Tiffany Roa, a 17-year-old senior. "He wasn't that type of person. He was respectful to everybody."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


A colleague of mine informed me that an A.P. of PhysEd was excessed from the phased out Stevenson HS and he's presently at Columbus HS, sitting in the Library doing nothing but reading the newspaper. I also learned that this A.P. has over 30 years in the system and can retire, but chooses not to because he's going to ride it out - milk the system!

I feel that it's unfair to falsely accuse ATRs of being lazy and for trying to milk the system. I know that the ATRs WANT to teach. However, when will we start exposing those A.Ps, who are from phased out school, for their laziness or for taking advantage of the system and how Klein does not bad mouth them, then people can truly see the unfairness of the DoE. Remember the A.P's salary is much higher than an ATR's salary.

I feel that this situation should be looked at and brought to the media's attention.