Milton Hershey School houseparent charged with sex abuse

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 14, 2015 9:03 AM
Milton Hershey School

(Hershey) -- A houseparent at the private Milton Hershey School has been charged with fondling an 8-year-old girl while she slept.

Police say the girl reported the incident, which allegedly happened Friday, to another houseparent, prompting the school to contact police.

They charged 41-year-old Fernando Zagaceta, of Hershey, with indecent assault on a child under 13, unlawful contact with a minor and two other charges.

The suspect's defense attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment Tuesday. Zagaceta faces a preliminary hearing July 21.

Officials at the K-12 school, which provides a free education to some 2,000 qualifying low-income students, say Zagaceta has been removed from campus and that such behavior is "reprehensible and unacceptable."

The school says it's cooperating with police and doesn't believe any other children were victimized.

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