A New York Post article from 2016 detailed the allegations brought by a former student, who said the abuse started in 1988 when Alejandro was a biology teacher at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, N.Y., and lasted more than a year. The woman reportedly told another former student she became pregnant twice, but was forced by Alejandro to have abortions both times.
Efforts to reach the victim were not successful. Her name is being withheld because she is an alleged sexual assault victim.
Superintendent Steve Green has said efforts are being made to improve the district's hiring process after several instances where checks and balances faltered.
One teacher was forced to resign last fall after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution informed district officials that an Ohio school district had fired her for allegedly assaulting students. The district also had rehired a French teacher forced to retire in lieu of termination in 2016 after students of color said she made disparaging comments on immigration after Donald Trump was elected president. Both teachers deny the allegations that led to their initial dismissals.
District officials said principals are expected to review a candidate's employment history, certifications and references, as well as performing an internet search on candidates. Once the candidate is recommended to human resources, the hiring manager also is supposed to complete an internet search.