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Former Assistant Teacher Guilty In Day Care Attacks

December 9, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ A former assistant teacher at a day-care center faces a maximum term of 25 to 50 years in prison after being convicted of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of children in his care, a prosecutor says.

Albert Algarin, 22, was found guilty Sunday of 23 counts stemming from attacks on five children at the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs center. He had been charged with 55 counts involving 13 children between the ages of 4 and 8.

Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 9. Algarin’s lawyers said they would appeal the conviction, which followed five days of deliberations.

″I’m pleased. Two counts would have gotten him the maximum sentence, and we got 23,″ said Bronx District Attorney Mario Merola. ″I’m really pleased for the kids. It’s a victory, because it shows that we have to deal with child abuse.″

Algarin was indicted Sept. 20, 1984, in connection with the incidents that occurred during the spring and summer of 1984.

The charges led to a shakeup in the city’s Human Resources Administration, which is responsible for day-care centers.

Two other men - Franklin Beauchamp, 27, a former teacher, and Jesus Torres, 29, a former teacher’s aide - await trial on charges that they also attacked children at the PRACA center.

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