Math teacher arrested on wedding day for allegedly raping 16-year-old student
Published July 14, 2013 FoxNews.com
A New York state high school math teacher whose wedding was slated for Friday instead spent the day at a local courthouse for allegedly raping a 16-year-old student earlier this year.
John Azabache, 31, was scheduled to exchange,“I do’s” with Amanda Rae DeLuccia, Friday, around the time he muttered those very two words to a judge inquiring whether he understood the charges against him and the terms of an order of protection mandating he steer clear from not only his now former bride-to-be and two of her relatives, but also the victim, according to The Journal News.
Donning handcuffs and a freshly pressed ensemble consisting of a blue button-down shirt and gray slacks, a clean-shaved Azabache reportedly pleaded not guilty in Ossining Town Court, where Justice Nancy Quinn Koba set bail at $50,000.
“It all just came out at the last minute,” the bride’s 92-year-old grandmother, Josephine DeLuccia told The Journal News and Lohud.com
.“He always seemed like a nice guy. I don’t know what happened. You men are all alike. You stink. I hope they send him to jail forever.”
The near-centenarian added her granddaughter told her Friday morning,“Nanny, don’t worry about me. I’m strong; I’ll survive," and also shared she planned to hang at the movies with friends, rather than marry the alleged rapist. The Journal News reported most guests received the no-go concerning the wedding on Thursday evening.
“I’m brokenhearted for her,” the grandma cried.“She doesn’t deserve this. She’s such a beautiful, smart girl.”
Azabache hails from Port Chester, while DeLuccia, his ex-betrothed-to-be, makes her home in White Plains, both tony towns in Westchester County, just north of New York City.
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