Charges have been dismissed against a Rochester City School District teacher charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
A student said Cox touched him inappropriately on a field trip. Cox worked at School #7.
Because the case has been sealed, News 8 was not able to find out what happened with the legal proceedings. Cox tells News 8 the judge ordered the charges dropped and the case sealed after hearing testimony from other students, who said the incidents never happened.
When a case is sealed, it means Cox has no criminal record. It’s as if the arrest never happened.
Cox was arrested in October. he said the charges were dropped in February.
But Cox, who was a News 8 Golden Apple winner and a well-respected teacher and youth mentor, has not been returned to his classroom. He has been assigned to the Alternative Work Location, also known as the “rubber room,” since his arrest and ordered to have no contact with children.
Cox said he has not heard from anyone in the district about what’s happening. He doesn’t know if he’ll ever teach again. Cox did not want to do an extensive interview with News 8 about his situation. He said his family has been through enough and his reputation has been damaged.
A district spokesman would not say why Cox is not allowed to teach. He is collecting his full salary.
“The whole rubber room process is a blatant and flagrant violation of due process,” said Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski.