May 04, 2005

Principal at Norwich diocese school accused of sexual abuse

New York Newsday

May 4, 2005, 7:33 AM EDT

NORWICH, Conn. -- A former nun is accusing a female principal of an elementary school run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich of sexually abusing her 20 years ago at a parochial school in Pennsylvania.

Gabrielle Azzaro, 51, a New Haven native who now lives in California, would not publicly reveal the principal's name, but she has provided the woman's identity and the allegations to the Norwich diocese.

"I was teaching eighth grade, she was the principal," Azzaro told The Day of New London on Tuesday. "She would come into my bedroom every night and get her sexual needs met and then turn and fall asleep."

Azzaro came forward with her allegations after learning that the woman is a principal at a diocese elementary school.

She said she did not want to release the principal's name to the public because "I don't want press all over the school. I don't want kids involved."

Posted by kshaw at May 4, 2005 07:33 AM