A Hartford school administrator who recently resigned is now being charged by police.
Last week, Eduardo Genao resigned amidst allegations he was sending inappropriate texts to a 13-year-old girl from New York.
On Wednesday evening, Hartford police said Genao was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor.
It is unclear when he will appear in court.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin spent an hour last Friday, meeting with a representative of the girl’s family to discuss allegations that the Board of Education dropped the ball in this case.
“My daughter is a very good student. She’s very focused in school,” the alleged victim’s mother, who wished to not be identified, said last week. “I don’t have to worry about certain things when it comes to her and I refuse to allow something like this to knock her off her course.”
The alleged victim’s mother brought her daughter to an event on race relations at Bulkeley High School in Hartford three weeks ago.
It was there the 13-year-old girl met Hartford schools administrator Eduardo Genao. He asked if she would text him photos taken at the event, but she said once he got her number the texts began.
The alleged victim’s mother said she went to Dr. Aaron Lewis, a children’s advocacy leader in Hartford, who had invited her to the event.
Lewis said he sent texts and emails to members of the board of education and for two weeks nothing was done.
"I am grateful for the work of the Hartford Police Department in following through on this case and securing an arrest for Eddie Genao. My confidence that they would secure an arrest was strong from the beginning. The much larger problem at hand is that the Hartford Board of Education has made every effort since the investigation began to cast the blame on the innocent and to decline personal responsibility. To date Superintendent Narvaez has not made an official apology and neither has the Board Chair, Richard Wareing, nor has either reached out to the victim’s family. The underlying problem that allowed for predators to grow in this system still remains. And until the leadership is dealt with there will be dozens of more cases that will be forthcoming. The problem remains that people are talking and no one is listening," Lewis said in a statement on Wednesday.
Once he involved police, school officials forced Genao to resign.
Genao has worked in the Hartford school system for 11 years and for another 20 in the New York City school system.
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