A former Auburn elementary school teacher convicted of raping a student was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office said Friday.
Stephen Jaszek, 66, of South Hadley, was first arrested in 2018. Earlier this month a judge found him guilty of two counts of aggravated rape of a child by a mandated reporter, two counts of aggravated rape of a child and one count of aggravated rape of a child under the age of 14 by a mandated reporter.
Jaszek taught at Julia Bancroft Elementary School in Auburn. Auburn Public Schools said in a statement that Jaszek retired from his position as a music teacher at the school in 2014. At the time of his initial arrest and court appearances, he was giving music lessons part-time to third, fourth and fifth graders.
Prosecutors said the rapes happened between 2009 and 2010, when the female victim was a fourth-grade student. The attacks took place in a classroom.
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Jaszek was sentenced to 18 to 20 years on the count of aggravated rape of a child by a mandated reporter, and a concurrent sentence of 18 to 20 years on the charge of aggravated rape of a child under 14 by a mandated reporter. He will be required to register as a sex offender.
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