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Janitor repeatedly raped a 13-year-old student in the school's basement
Ambiorix Rodriguez, 32, of Sunset Park, allegedly had sex with the girl numerous times at the Middle School of Marketing and Legal Studies in East Flatbush, starting in September 2010 and continuing through January 2011, cops said.
Sources say the girl was overheard telling a classmate about the encounters, and the information was passed on to authorities. Rodriguez was arrested late Monday.
He has been charged with rape, sexual abuse and a criminal sex act, and was awaiting arraignment Tuesday.
The sexual contact was not forced, sources said, but the girl is too young for it to be legally consensual.
Rodriguez's sister, Rosana, said the family was stunned by the charges.
"He's never had a problem with the law. He's never been arrested," she said. "We didn't believe it when we heard. We're surprised. We can't believe he could be charged with this."
School officials said Rodriguez had been employed since 2000 and passed a background check. He was immediately fired and his name placed on a "do not hire" list, said a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.
Parents of students at the school said they were appalled to hear about the charges.
"That's crazy," said Tawan Brown, whose 12-year-old daughter attends the school. "I'm glad they caught him, and I hope he does a lot of time."
The father of a 12-year-old boy said he wasn't sure he'd keep his son in the school.
"My son just started MLS last September. That's upsetting," said the father, who gave only his first name, Neville. "The place is run well. That's why I'm so surprised this happened."
Laquendra Hammond, 27, whose 9-year-old son attends neighboring Public School 268 and was planning to go to the middle school when he got older, said that wouldn't happen now.
"It could have been anybody's child," she said. "[He] killed that child. [He] may not have killed her physically, but he killed an innocence that you can't get back."
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/04/12/2011-04-12_ambiorix_rodrigue...
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