Philadelphia Area Student Assaulted by School Employee

A part-time teacher’s assistant from one Philadelphia area school was arrested last week after allegedly having inappropriate contact with an underage male student. It is alleged that Vito Granieri, 25, of Skippack Pennsylvania, who was an information technology assistant at Saint Eleanor Parish School, assaulted the student. Granieri worked part-time with the school’s technology program since 2004 according to reports.

Granieri also assisted with the lunch program with other staff and parents. He was background checked and cleared by state police of any child abuse charged and participated in the Archdiocesan Safe Environment training program.

Mr. Granieri is now being arraigned before District Court Judge Benjamin R. Crahalla on charges of indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor, unlawful restraint, unlawful communication with a minor and harassment in connection with the case.

It is alleged that the defendant had inappropriate contact with the boy between 2006 and 2008 when the boy ranged from age 9 to age 11. Currently, Granieri is free on bail and awaits his preliminary hearing for the charges.

The charges have been brought forth by the student, now 11, and his parents, who alleged that Granieri touched the boy inappropriately on numerous occasions while the boy was in second, third, and fourth grade.

The Arch Diocese of Philadelphia operates the Saint Eleanor Parish School. The Archdiocese has stated that Granieri’s contract with the school has been terminated and he will not be hired at any other school in the Archdiocese.

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