Catholic School Volunteer Discovered to be Sex Offender

QUEENS, N.Y. — A volunteer who was dismissed from a Catholic school for making inappropriate contact with a student was later discovered to be a sex offender. He had also volunteered at three other schools.

Joseph Denice was fired on Jan. 7 when the parents of a student he had contacted over Facebook alerted St. Mel’s School to his actions, which were against school policy. Denice also volunteered at St. Kevin School in Flushing and St. Luke’s in Whitestone, where he was let go after parents became uncomfortable with the level of familiarity he had with students, NY 1 reports.   

Denice had been previously convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy from IS 25 in Auburndale, for which he spent six month in jail.

Officials are looking into whether Denice violated his probation while volunteering at the schools. Within in the next two weeks, children who had contact with Denice will be directed to support services.

Read the full story.

Related Articles:

U.S. Schools Are Hiring Sex Offenders

If you appreciated this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!

Leading in Turbulent Times: Effective Campus Public Safety Leadership for the 21st Century

This new webcast will discuss how campus public safety leaders can effectively incorporate Clery Act, Title IX, customer service, “helicopter” parents, emergency notification, town-gown relationships, brand management, Greek Life, student recruitment, faculty, and more into their roles and develop the necessary skills to successfully lead their departments. Register today to attend this free webcast!

Get Our Newsletters
Campus Safety Conference promo