Elmwood Park Special Education teacher charged in alleged Child Abuse
Elmwood Park, NJ – A special education teacher at an Elmwood Park elementary school has been charged with child abuse and simple assault and released after posting bail, authorities said Monday.
Ashley Frabizzio, 30, of Butler, was arrested Saturday after an investigation that started last Thursday, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. Molinelli said the investigation began when detectives of the Elmwood Park Police Department were notified by an administrator of the Sixteenth Avenue Elementary School of allegations against Frabizzio.
No details were provided concerning where or when the abuse was alleged to have occurred, or the relationship between Frabizzio and the children allegedly affected.
Molinelli said the investigation was conducted jointly by his office’s Special Victims Unit and the Elmwood Park Police.
Frabizzio was charged with two counts of fourth-degree child abuse and two counts of simple assault, a disorderly persons offense.
Municipal Court Judge Anthony Gallina set bail at $2,500, and ordered Frabizzio released when she posted 10 percent of the bail.
He also ordered that she have no contact with the alleged victims, the school or school personnel.
Prior to 1978, as many as twenty-five to thirty-five percent of Native American children were removed from their parents for alleged neglect or abuse. The majority of these children were placed in non-Indian foster homes, adoptive homes, and institutions.
In 1978, Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to reduce the number of Native American children removed from their homes. Congress recognized, “There is no resource that is more vital to the continued existence and integrity of Indian tribes than their children,” and “that an alarmingly high percentage of Indian families are broken up by the removal, often unwarranted, of their children from them by nontribal public and private agencies.
” To reduce inappropriate removal of Indian children from their homes, ICWA provides that only tribal courts can decide abuse and neglect cases involving children whose permanent residence is a reservation.
For Indian children who do not live on a reservation, state juvenile courts can make decisions about removal, but the child’s tribe must be notified, and the tribe has the right to intervene in the case.
Resource – A Short History of Child Protection in America – ABA PDF
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More than 2,200 images of Child Pornography found on iPods and thumb drive, some of it showing babies.
A registered sex offender from Arlington TX was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday for possessing hundreds of images of child pornography, some of which showed babies.
Steven Lass, 33, pleaded guilty in April to one count of possession of child pornography, according to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office.
In August 2014, Lass was pulled over by a Midlothian police officer who noticed that the passenger seat of Lass’ vehicle was missing. In its place were tools and electronic devices, including two iPods and a thumb drive later found to contain more than 2,200 images of child porn.
The evidence was seized by the FBI, whose investigation revealed “the lewd and lascivious exhibition of the genitals and public are of minors,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks said in a written release.
Lass was required to register as a sex offender after a 2005 arrest in Euless. He was convicted of indecency with a child, an 8-year-old girl, sentenced to nine years and later paroled.