Sharpstown High School Principal Rob Gasparello is shown at the school in 2010. (Nathan Lindstrom/For the Chronicle)
Sharpstown principal, 2 administrators accused of failing to report abuse
Houston Chronicle By Ericka Mellon, Cindy George
November 21, 2013
Updated: November 22, 2013 9:07am
Texas law requires "professionals," including teachers, administrators and other school workers, to report allegations of child abuse directly to the proper authorities within 48 hours.
The lauded principal of Sharpstown High School and two other administrators were charged Thursday, accused of failing to tell police that students reported being sexually assaulted - in at least one case by a teacher, according to court records.
Assistant principals Jason Thomson, 28, and Silvio Leiva, 50, were accused in criminal complaints of not reporting accusations by at least one male student in October that a Sharpstown teacher touched him inappropriately on campus.
In a separate incident the same month, Principal Rob Gasparello, 58, is accused of not telling law enforcement authorities that a 16-year-old female student said she was sexually assaulted before school, according to a criminal complaint. The document does not say whether the alleged abuser was a Sharpstown employee.
Gasparello, a high-profile leader who has overseen an academic turnaround effort at Sharpstown, told police that he asked the female student to write down what happened, the complaint states. But he did not report the allegation to law enforcement or Child Protective Services, it says.
Gasparello was arrested on the campus about 3:30 p.m., according to the Houston Independent School District. He was charged with three counts of failure to report child abuse. He later was released on $1,500 bail.
Thomson and Leiva each was charged with one count and released on $1,000 bail.