A former Bronx charter school music teacher, once beloved, sexually abused students as young as 12, prosecutors say.
Jesus Concepcion, 48, is known as “Mr. C”, the middle school orchestra instructor at KIPP Academy in the Bronx. Between 2000 and 2007, Concepcion gave four minor students cash, clothes, jewelry, and booze. He engaged with them in illegal sex acts in the school’s music room, auditorium, in his car, and in motel rooms. He even told several of his victims that they were in romantic relationships with him and gave each of them cell phones so he could talk to them without their parent’s knowledge
The abuse didn’t end there though. Not only did Concepcion continue to seek out his victims after they graduated, but he also visited them at their out-of-state high schools and coerced them to have sex with him in his car.
People even reports of an alleged instance where he instructed a minor on “how to pose, to touch herself in a sexually explicit manner, and to photograph her genitalia,”. He then went on to share those photos with another minor to indicate what type of photos he sought.
On Monday, KIPP NYC released a statement telling parents that Concepcion was terminated after two alumni reported the accusations in 2017.
“We are deeply saddened that former students experienced abuse while attending a KIPP NYC school,” the statement read. “We are hopeful that with today’s arrest justice will finally be served.”
Concepcion was arrested on Saturday in Charlotte, NC. He’s facing four counts of enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and four counts of transporting a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. He is also charged with inducing a minor to produce child pornography.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.