(JOURNAL NEWS) — CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Christopher Schraufnagel pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that he sexually abused students, part of a new plea deal that requires the former Horace Greeley drama teacher to register as a sex offender.
Schraufnagel, who had an earlier plea agreement rejected by New Castle Town Justice Douglas Kraus, admitted in court that he abused three students at the high school between 2011 and last year, including two instances that involved "sexual contact."
He is now due to be sentenced Feb. 9 to three years of probation in the case, which has sparked an unprecedented controversy in one of the state's elite public school systems.
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For nearly 18 months, Chappaqua parents have packed Board of Education meetings and demanded accountability. Last week, Superintendent Lyn McKay, the subject of a no-confidence rally by parents in September, tendered her resignation amid criticism of her handling of the scandal.