Attorney Says Sharpstown High School Principal Will Be Vindicated

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The Sharpstown High School principal, who was arrested last month and charged with failure to report sex abuse in his school, appeared in court. His attorney says the administrator will be vindicated.

Robert Gasparello was charged last month with three counts of failing to report allegations made by a student at Sharpstown High School, of sexual abuse by a teacher.

The Harris County DA's office said Gasparello and two assistant principals had a legal obligation to report to law enforcement allegations that a teacher inappropriately touched a couple of his students.

Garparello hired prominent defense attorney Rusty Hardin to represent him. He told reporters that his client did everything he thought was right in reporting the allegations and did everything he could to protect children.

"That's what his whole career has been about. I understand wanting the public to make sure they understand their responsibilities to report. But this is the wrong man to make this decision about it."

According to court documents, two 17 year old boys said said Sharpstown High School Spanish teacher Ysidoro Rosales-Motola, touched them inappropriately in October.

Hardin said Gasparello reported the allegations to his superiors, and with the belief they would notify law enforcement.

"Some people failed, deliberately, negligently, or whatever, to do what they should. He did neither. He jumped on this thing immediately, and did everything he could to protect those children."

Hardin says he hopes to convince the District Attorney's office that it was a mistake to charge Gasparello with failure to report child abuse. The principal's next court appearance is set for January 6.

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